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Title: Elements of Fiction


1
Elements of Fiction
Theme
Plot
Setting
C C Characterization and Conflict
Click for Guidelines
Narration
Click on the link above each finger to discover
one of the five aspects of the Elements of
Fiction. Then, in the Notes section of your
notebook, draw a hand and copy the definition at
each digit of the hand. Click on the home icon
on each page to return here.
2
Plot
  • Simply put, plot is what happens in the story.
    Some call it the storyline.
  • When doing an Elements of Fiction Hand, describe
    the plots basic path, including the initial
    hook, the rising action, the climax, and the
    resolution.

3
Theme
  • Its the moral or main idea of the story. Themes
    do not provide any plot developments and are
    general truths that the author is trying to
    illustrate. Themes are universal and can apply
    to many stories and genres.
  • When doing an Elements of Fiction Hand, state the
    theme in a complete sentence. A theme can never
    be stated in one word.

4
Setting
  • The setting provides us with the when and where
    the story took place. In addition, the why - the
    historical background in which the story is set -
    provides us with additional plot information.
  • When doing an Elements of Fiction Hand, use the
    three Ws of setting When when does the plot
    occur? Consider the date, season, time of day,
    year, etc. Where where does the action occur?
    Give a specific country, state, city, location,
    etc. Why why is the setting historically
    significant? Why did the author choose this
    setting?

5
Characterization
  • The main character in a story is called the
    protagonist. She or he is always involved in the
    main conflict and its resolution.
  • The person opposing the protagonist is called the
    antagonist.
  • When doing an Elements of Fiction Hand, use the
    methods of characterization (flat, round,
    dynamic, or static) to describe the protagonists
    and antagonists in the story.

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6
Methods of Characterization
  • On a new page in the Notes section of your
    notebook, title it Methods of Characterization
    and copy the information from the following
    slides.

7
Flat Characterization
  • A character who has one or two sides,
    representing one or two traitsoften a
    stereotype. Flat
    characters help move the
    plot along more quickly because the audience
    immediately understands
    what the character is about.
  • Example A geeky science professor

8
Round Characterization
  • A character who is complex and has many sides or
    traits with unpredictable
    behavior and a fully developed
    personality. Antagonists are usually
    round characters.
  • Example The Green
    Goblin (Norman Osborn)

9
Dynamic Characterization
  • A character who experiences an essential change
    in personality or attitude. Protagonists (main
    characters) are almost always dynamic.
  • Example Stitch, from Lilo and Stitch

10
Static Characterization
  • A character who does not change or develop beyond
    the way in which she or he is first presented.
  • Example Atticus
    Finch from To Kill a
    Mockingbird.

11
Types of Conflict
  • In the Notes section of your notebook, please
    copy the following information about the types of
    CONFLICT that form the basis of plot.

12
External Conflict
  • There are three types of external conflict
    character vs. character character vs. society
    and character vs. nature.

13
Character vs. Character
  • The protagonist in the story experiences conflict
    with others, especially the antagonist.

14
Character vs. Society
  • The protagonist in the story experiences conflict
    with societys rules or expectations

15
Character vs. Nature
  • The protagonist in the story experiences conflict
    with the elements of nature.

16
Internal Conflict
  • The protagonist in the story experiences conflict
    with her or his conscience.

17
Narration
  • First Person Point of View The narrator tells
    the story and is a character in the story.
    (Pronouns I, me, us, we, our, etc.)

18
Narration
  • Third Person Omniscient The narrator is not a
    character in the story but can tell you the
    thoughts and actions of all characters at all
    times. (Pronouns he, she, him, her, they, them,
    etc.)

19
Narration
  • Third Person Limited The narrator is not a
    character in the story but can tell you the
    thoughts and actions of a few key characters at
    all times. (Pronouns he, she, him, her, they,
    them, etc.)

20
Guidelines
  • When creating an Elements of Fiction Hand, please
    follow these guidelines
  • Be sure to write the authors name and the title
    of the story (in quotation marks) on the palm of
    the hand graphic.
  • Be sure to label each digit with one of the
    Elements of Fiction.
  • Add in the details for each Element of Fiction
    neatly and carefully. Provide names of
    characters, places, dates, times, locations, etc.
  • As always, be creative and try to do something
    original and unusual!
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