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Elements of Literature: Plot & Setting

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Jennifer Palow

on 15 December 2014

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Transcript of Elements of Literature: Plot & Setting

Definitions

Also called storyline. the plan, scheme, or main story of a literary or dramatic work, as a play, novel, or short story. (Dictionary.com)


Plot is a literary term used to describe the events that make up a story or the main part of a story. These events relate to each other in a pattern or a sequence. (literarydevices.net/plot)
Plot can be split into 5 parts:

Introduction/Exposition
Rising Action
Climax
Falling Action
Resolution

Have trouble remembering these? Try a memory device. Click the link below and watch the video.

http://www.screencast.com/users/phlewis/folders/Unit%20One/media/ce48e9e7-49fd-4e4c-848a-fd56509d6bcd
What is plot?
Setting
Q:
What is it?
A:
Setting includes time and place. There may be several settings in a story.
TIME
a time period
time of day
dates indicating a year
less specific words like: present, past, future
PLACE
country, state, or city
physical location like home, school, store
somewhere imaginary
ENVIRONMENT
light/Dark
weather
the overall feeling
Questions to ask yourself
Why does setting matter?
How does setting impact the story?
If you need some examples, watch the video!
The Rest...
Please watch the video to get more information about rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.
Exposition
Q
: What is it?
A
: This is the beginning of the story. Usually, the author reveals the
characters
,
setting
, and major
conflict
or problem.
Plot & Setting
Elements of Literature
When you finish, check out this site to quiz yourself on the vocabulary. Some words will be a review from our character notes earlier in the year.
http://www.screencast.com/users/phlewis/folders/Unit%20One/media/f8bc186c-736a-40df-986f-82a385307cb5
Don't forget this one
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