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Story Element Terms

TermDefinition
Story The interaction of characters to resolve the conflict within a story.
Setting The time and place in which the plot occurs.
Characters The actors within the story.
Narrator The person who tells the story.
Point of View The perspective from which the story is told. (First Person – “I” & Third Person – “She, He, It”)
Plot The sequence of events of the story that tell you what happened.
Conflict The problem or the struggle between two opposing forces in the story. (Three Types: Person vs. Person, Person vs. Nature, Person vs. Self)
Rising Action The action that builds up to the climax.
Climax The turning point or crisis. (This is the most intense or exciting part of the story).
Falling Action The part of the plot that winds down to the end of the story.
Resolution The outcome or ending of the story. The conflict is resolved.
Theme The message or main idea of the story. What the author wants you to learn about life.
Imagery The author’s use of words that appeal to your senses – sight, touch, smell, taste, hearing… These words create images or pictures in your mind.
Mood The atmosphere of the story (for example: mysterious, sullen, humorous…)
Foreshadowing When the author leaves you hints about what will happen in the story.
Denouement The final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved.
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