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Short Story/Plot

Elements of a Short Story and Plot Structure

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Plot the sequence of events that make up a story. Plot has a beginning, middle, and end.
Character people, animals, or imaginary creatures that take part in a story.
Conflict the struggle problem, or obstacle in a story.
Setting the time and place in which the story takes place.
Theme is the lesson or message of the story.
Plot Diagram (structure) contains the elements of plot structure in an organized, five-part pyramidal shape.
Exposition Background information to understand a story. This introduces the characters and setting.
Rising Action the conflicts and events that develop a story.
Climax the most intense or suspenseful moment, usually the highest point of action.
Falling Action the events after the climax that lead to the resolution of the story.
Resolution how the story ends. This will usually include a theme (message of the story.)
Created by: F. Mercado