Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram

Today is October 15, 2015 Get ready to get your topics back and start your writing today! Announcement Magic Lens Quiz posted on Skyward. If you scored an 17 or below, you MUST retake the quiz on the Wednesday before Fall Break. It is mandatory.

If you scored higher, but still want to try for a higher score, you may take the quiz again. The second score will REPLACE the first. Recap from Pre-PSAT days On Monday, we read examples of strong narrative essays. On Tuesday, we came up with our own

ideas and picked an idea. Today, we are going to start working on drafting our essays. When writing your essay you must keep in mind: An effective story needs a beginning, middle and end

Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram Plot Diagram 3 2

1 4 5 Plot (definition)

Plot is the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story. Every plot is made up of a series of incidents that are related to one another.

1. Exposition This usually occurs at the beginning of a short story. Here the characters are introduced. We also learn about the setting of the story. Most importantly, we are introduced to the main conflict (main problem). 2. Rising Action This part of the story begins to

develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs. 3. Climax This is the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. The main character will change in some way.

4. Falling Action All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of. 5. Resolution

The story comes to a reasonable ending. Putting It All Together 1. Exposition 2. Rising Action

3. Climax 4. Falling Action 5. Resolution Beginning of Story Middle of Story

End of Story Plot Diagram for Of Mice and Men Lennie kills Curleys wife George and Lennie start working at the ranch. Candys

dog is shot. Curley fights Lennie. Lennie runs away. Curley leads a mob to kill him. We meet Lennie and George.

They spend the by the river Resolution OR George shoots Lennie. Draw a Plot Diagram

Resolution OR Map the Plot of a Narrative Open your favorite narrative example from Monday. On a separate sheet of paper, draw a plot diagram. Reread the narrative, Identify the parts of the plot and write them on the plot diagram. On the back, map your own narrative using the

plot structure. What will happen in each section of the plot in your own story? Turn in this paper. Finally, start writing the first paragraph of your narrative. Paragraph 1 is due TOMORROW. It is homework if unfinished.

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