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Plot/Story Elements

plot story elements

Plot A story with the 5 basic parts that work together. The main ingredient
Exposition Introduction to the story. Characters and setting are introduced
Conflict A struggle between 2 opposing forces in the plot of the story
Internal Problem within the character's mind
External Character struggles with outside force
Protagonist The central/main character in the plot, usually a single person or hero/someone who you can relate to or "feel"for
Antagonist The character or force in conflict with the protagonist. May be a villian
Rising action Main events that build suspense into the story
Climax The turning point of the story. The point of highest interest.
Resolution Brings the story to a conclusion/end
Narrator The character or voice who tells the events in a story.
Point of view Method of narrating a work of literature
First person point of view The narrator is a character in the story-I me
Second person point of view The narrator is outside the story, speaking to the main character or reader- Pronouns-you, yours
Third Person Point of View The narrator is not a character in the story - He, she, they
Limited 3rd person-the narrator tells only what ONE character thinks and feels
Limited Omniscient 3rd person-the narrator is "all knowing" They know what more than one of the charcters think.
Theme A message about life or human nature that the writier wants us to understand. Topic= one word Theme= a COMPLETE sentence about life
Topic One word or two words
Theme a sentence that conveys the message about life
Dynanic Character A character who changes throughout the novel
static character A character that doesn't change throughout the novel.
stanza a paragraph in a poem
character of dubius intent A character that appears one way throughout the movie or piece of literature and then suddenly changes (a good guy was the bad guy all along)
What are the 3 types of point of view? 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
What ype of point of view includes limited and omniscient? 3rd
1st, 2nd, or 3rd person- I couldn't believe my eyes when I got my test back! 1st- I
1st, 2nd, or 3rd person- She should have gone to the doctor when she first had a sore throat. 3rd- she
1st, 2nd, or 3rd person- You looked really nervous when the tornado drill was going to go off. 2nd- you
Look over your notes and examples for limited and Omniscient point of view
Limited or Omniscient- Carlos looked at Wendy, unsure whether he should go on. Her face was a stony mask. "I'm so sorry," he said. limited- we only know the thoughts of Carlos
Limited or Omniscient- Carlos looked at Wendy, unsure whether he should go on. Wendy thought Carlos had suffered enough and wanted to forgive him. Omniscient- We know the thoughts of Wendy and Carlos
Write this sentence in 3rd person: I couldn't wait to take my language arts test. I studied all night! He couldn't wait to take his language arts test. He studied all night!
Change to 1st person- The coach couldn't wait for the big game. They had practiced very hard. I couldn't wait for the game. We had practiced so hard.
Define external conflict and give the 3 types A struggle with an outside force character vs society, character vs character, character vs character
Give the definition of internal conflict A struggle within a character's mind- character vs self
Internal or External? Carrie was supposed to go to her room and study for her science test. She thought, "I could just study later after I play a few computer games." She knew she needed a good grade though. Internal- character vs self- The protagonist is Carrie and the antagonist is the decision to play games or study.
Explain the difference between topic and theme A topic is one or two words that explain the main idea of the piece. A theme is a sentence that explains the life lesson that could be learned from what was read.
When given a story like Jumanji that we did in class, be able to identify the conflict, climax, and resolution
Created by: finnegac



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