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Transcript of Literary Elements
are the important
that are necessary in order to have a good
What are Literary Elements?
needed for a
What are Characters?
in the story!
What is Setting?
the story takes place!
What are the
The Ingredients for a Good Story!
can either be
character in the story!
that tries to get in the
of the good guy!
that define a character's
What is Conflict?
that the characters face in the story!
main types of Conflict...
struggle that the character must face against an
force, such as another
or some force of
Man vs. Self
struggle that the character must face within themselves, such as a tough
they have to make!
Protagonist or Antagonist?
Is this character a
Is this character a
There are 5 types of external conflicts
Man vs. Man
The central character faces
group of people
Two girls compete for the same role in the school play.
A ninja warrior fights a rival clan to avenge his master's death
Man vs. Technology
The central character
struggles with or against
forces of technology
A group of strangers gets stuck in an elevator.
A teenage boy is pursued by robots from space that transform into cars.
Man vs. Society
The central character or group of characters battles
against traditions, institutions, or laws
A student takes his fight against the school dress code all the way to the Supreme Court.
A group of students protest in front of the School Board about school lunches.
Man vs. Supernatural
The central character is challenged by forces that are
not of this world.
A boy wizard must use his powers to protect his community from evil monsters.
A group of teenagers sleep in a haunted house and begin disappearing one by one.
Man vs. Nature
The central character struggles against animals, the elements, or other
A castaway washes up on an island and must learn to survive with the available resources.
A ship captain pursues a great white whale through stormy seas.
Now it's your turn...
Read each description, identify the
type of conflict
An archeologist attempts to escape a hidden temple overrun by a vampire army.
Antagonist: Vampire army
Conflict Type: Person vs. Supernatural
An elderly man struggles to learn how to use his new phone.
Antagonist: Cell phone
Conflict Type: Person vs. Technology
Two boxers who were formerly friends compete for the championship belt.
Antagonist: Former friend
Conflict Type: Man vs. Man
End of Part I: Work with your partners and complete the Types of Conflicts worksheet
A young woman fights to gain admittance in an elite prep school that was only for boys.
Antagonist: Boys prep school / sexism
Conflict Type: Person vs. Society
A group of colonists struggle to survive the winter in a strange land
Antagonist: Cold weather / hunger
Conflict Type: Person vs. Nature
A students struggles against the urge to procrastinate and play video games rather than to do his homework.
Antagonist: Laziness / Procrastination
Conflict Type: Person vs. Self
What is Theme?
What is Plot?
The Exposition is the series of events at the
beginning of the story
the CHARACTERS, SETTING, and SITUATION!
(or inciting moment) is the event in the story
which begins or sparks the conflict
of the story!
is the series of events which
lead to the climax
in the story! This could be the final battle between opposing characters or the turning point in a story!
is the series of events that
answer all of the unanswered questions
throughout the story!
of the story, where the
conflicts are solved
loose ends are tied up
Any story, fiction or nonfiction, consists of a
A Plot is the
of events which occur in a story!
A Plot consists of
2. Initiating Event (Inciting Moment)
3. Rising Action
5. Falling Action
A PLOT CHART is a
in which the reader can
the events in a story.
Character, Setting, Plot