Teaching Plot Structure Through Short Stories

Teaching Plot Structure Through Short Stories

Plot Structure Breaking down stories Conflict Conflict is the struggle between two forces in a story. Types of Conflict External Conflict a conflict that is observable

Internal Conflict a conflict within a characters mind; a difficult decision Plot Components Climax: the turning point, the most intense momenteither mentally or in action Complication: the series of conflicts and crisis in the story that lead to the climax

Exposition/Basic Situation: the start of the story, the situation before the action starts Resolution/Denouement: the conclusion, the tying together of all of the threads Types of Linear Plots Plots can be told in

Chronological order Flashback Flash Forward Foreshadowing The Three Little Pigs The first little pig built his house out of straw because it was the easiest thing to do. The second little pig built his house out of sticks. This was a little bit stronger than a straw house.

The third little pig built his house out of bricks. Exposition background information One night the big bad wolf, who dearly loved to eat fat little piggies, came along and saw the first little pig in his house of straw. He said "Let me in, Let me in, little pig or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!" "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin", said the little pig.But of course the wolf did blow the house in and ate the first little pig. The wolf then came to the house of sticks. "Let me in ,Let

me in little pig or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in" "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin", said the little pig. But the wolf blew that house in too, and ate the second little pig. Complication The struggle Exposition Opening of a story / background

The wolf then came to the house of bricks. "Let me in , let me in" cried the wolf "Or I'll huff and I'll puff till I blow your house in." "Not by the hair of my chinny, chin chin," said the pig. Well, the wolf huffed and puffed but he could not blow down that brick house. But the wolf was a sly old wolf and he climbed up on the roof to look for a way into the brick house. The little pig saw the wolf climb up on the roof and lit a roaring fire in the fireplace and placed on it a large kettle of water. When the wolf finally found the hole in the chimney he crawled down and KERSPLASH right

into that kettle of water and that was the end of his troubles with the big bad wolf. Climax The most exciting part of the story Complication The struggle Exposition

Opening of a story / background The next day the little pig invited his mother over . She said "You see it is just as I told you. The way to get along in the world is to do things as well as you can." Fortunately for that little pig, he learned that lesson. And he just lived happily ever after! Climax The most

exciting part of the story Complication The struggle Expositio n Opening of a story / background Resolution/ Denouement

The ending

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