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Plot Development

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Sarah Davis

on 10 September 2013

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Transcript of Plot Development

Plot Development
A plot is the series of events in a story.
Focus on Exposition
An exposition is much like an introduction. It introduces characters and setting.

It also sets up or hints at what the conflict is going to be.

See "Last Cover" on page 27
Focus on Rising Action
Rising action shows how the conflict unfolds and becomes more complicated.

It builds suspense.

Rising action is leading up to the climax of the story.
Focus on Climax
The climax is the most exciting moment of the story.

It can be a turning point in the plot.

It often will result in a change in the main character.
Focus on Falling Action
The Falling Action of the story eases suspense.

It reveals how the main character begins to resolve the conflict.
See "The Dinner Party" on page 29
See "The Dinner Party" on page 29
See "The Third Wish" on page 27
Focus on Resolution
The resolution of the story ties up loose ends.

It sometimes offers an unexpected twist before the story ends.

The denouement (day-noo-mah) is the final resolution and often gives the reader something to think about or offers an idea of what might happen to the characters beyond the story.
See "The Dinner Party" on page 29)
You will work in pairs or groups and analyze the plot development of a short story of your choice. Your job is to identify and highlight each element of plot in your story, and discuss with your partner how the conflict and events in the story advance the plot. Be ready to share your findings with the class.
**Also, be aware of foreshadowing. Does the author use foreshadowing to hint at what's going to come next?
Foreshadowing is when the author uses clues to let the reader know what might happen next.
It is a strategy to help advance the plot.

Sometimes, an author will use flashbacks to make the plot more exciting.
This is when the author brings the reader back in time. This can often be used to explain why something or someone is the way it is.
Ways that authors move the plot along

is when the author causes the reader to be
curious and wonder what is coming next.
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