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Plot Diagram

Explanation of Plot/Sequence of Story

Megan Volpp

on 17 September 2013

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Transcript of Plot Diagram

Where and when? Who? What?
As you view this video clip, identify the setting, main characters, and basic scenario.

In the plot, the rising action is the series of events, such as the conflicts, complications, and struggles, that lead to the climax.
Rising Action
Three things typically happen at the climax.
What clues hint that this is the
highest point of the story’s action?
Climax - From Walt Disney’s Cinderella
These are the events that follow the story’s climax. These events lead to the story’s resolution.
Falling Action
Man versus nature
Hint: Think about the change in music
and the facial expressions of the characters
in the scene.
This happens at the end of the story when all conflicts have been resolved and we know what is going to happen to the people in the story.
Resolution/ Conclusion
A war or fight may be at its deadliest stage.
A character might change after learning an important lesson. (What is another name for that important lesson?)
Climax Activity
The introduction occurs at the beginning of the story. It
the following parts of the story:
the setting (the where and when)
the main characters (the who)
the basic situation (the what)
The PROTAGONIST is usually introduced in the exposition. The protagonist is central to the story because all major events have some importance to that character.
protagonist = main character = hero
The ANTAGONIST is what is in conflict with the protagonist.
antagonist = main character = villain
What is the main character's background? This is often an important part of the introduction.
or terrified.
1. The reader is the most emotionally involved in the story. The reader might be
Plot is a group of events that come together to create a story. A plot is made up of six basic elements:
1. introduction,
2. initiating event
3. rising action,
4. climax,
5. falling action, and
6. resolution/ conclusion

1. What is Cinderella’s initial conflict?
2. How does she try to resolve it?
3. How does her effort complicate the situation even more?
A character sometimes tries to resolve a conflict, but that action can worsen the conflict. That action complicates the conflict. Those complications are part of the rising action of the story.
Here is another example.
As you watch, think about how Nemo complicates the initial problem, and write it in your notes.
The era in which the story takes place is part of the setting. The era can affect the characters and their decisions.
The neighborhood in which a character lives is part of a story's setting. This setting also affects characters and the decisions they make.
The weather is part of the setting as well. How might extreme weather affect a character or the decisions that character makes?
Culture is affected by where a character lives, so it is also part of the setting. How might the decisions that a character who is living in this culture be shaped differently than a character who lives in your culture?
The time of day is part of the setting as well.
Might characters who are raised in an opulent setting like this have a different value system than a character who is raised in a destitute setting?
Setting is important for various reasons. For example, going to the grocery store in the late 1800's was usually a much bigger deal than it is today. Think about how that might have affected their decisions. Do you think that these people went to the grocery store the minute they ran out of milk at home?
Now that you know the introduction of "The Brady Bunch", make a prediction. What is a conflict that might occur on this show?
Cinderella lost her mother at a young age, and her father remarried in hopes that Cinderella would be part of a family, but he died. Cinderella (the protagonist) was left with her evil stepmother and stepsisters (the antagonists).
When you encounter a conflict, do your responses complicate the conflict, or do they de-escalate the conflict?
The setting
is, at it most basic form, the
"where and when"
of the story.
The main characters are the "who" in the story. They are usually introduced in the introduction.
Cinderella's background
3. The story is at its turning point.
2. The action is at its highest point.
Initiating Event
Launches the action
The event that makes the problem clear to the reader
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