Short Story Unit - Ms. Pacheco's Website

Short Story Unit - Ms. Pacheco's Website

SHORT STORY UNIT What is a short story? What are the parts of a short story? Have you

ever read a short story? If so, which one? Short stories usually lack detail. Short stories are brief. Short stories use P.A.C.T.S . to establish the

narrative. P.A.C.T.S consists of the elements of a short story. What is P.A.C.T.S ? P.A.C.T.S Short stories use P.A.C.T.S to build the narrative.

Although short stories may use all of the aspects of P.A.C.T.S, the author may choose to focus on any one of these elements: Plot Atmosphere Character Theme Setting

P lot The plot is essentially what the story is about. A short story usually has one main plot.

This means that there is one conflict within the story. A tmosphere

There is usually one overall feeling in a short story. This feeling is the atmosphere. C haracters There are usually only a few characters

introduced in a short story. In a short story the reader does not receive extensive information about the characters. The reader is only told what is important. Protagonist- the main character in the story. Antagonist- is the person or force that challenges or confronts the protagonist. T

heme The theme is the meaning or message of a literary work. The theme is a sentence that expresses an opinion. S

etting The setting informs the reader of the time and place that the events of the literature take place. PLOT GRAPH

What is a Plot Graph? PLOT GRAPH 4 5 3 2 1

6 THE PLOT GRAPH The plot graph labels the parts of a short story with six aspects.

Introduction, Inciting Incident, rising action, climax, denouement, and resolution are all parts of a short story that are labelled on the plot graph. 1) INTRODUCTION The beginning of the literature.

The introduction is exactly what the word implies, it introduces the characters, setting, and it may introduce the conflict. 2) INCITING INCIDENT

Otherwise known as the causative incident. This is the incident in the narrative that causes the conflict or action to occur. 3) RISING ACTION

The rising action builds the readers the suspense through a series of crises. 4) CLIMAX This is the part in the plot where the conflict escalates to the point of no return.

When the story reaches a climax the conflict can no longer evolve and will begin to resolve. The climax is the turning point of the plot. 5) DENOUEMENT

Otherwise known as the falling action. It is the part of the narrative when the conflict begins resolution. 6) RESOLUTION

The resolution or the conclusion of the plot. The conflict is resolved, ads loose odds and ends are tied.

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