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Title: Story Structure


1
Story Structure
  • Narrative Structure
  • We will use When Gertrude Grew Great as an
    example.

2
Plot
  • Things that happen in the story.

Example Gertrude talks to her teacher. Gertrude has a dream.
3
Setting
  • When and where the story takes place.

Example At a middle school in the present day. 10 years into the future.
4
Conflict

The problem in the story.
Example Gertrude does just enough to get by.
5
Climax
  • The turning point of the story.
  • Many climaxes have the main character
  • learn a lesson
  • change

Example Gertrude dreams of the future.
6
Narrative Structure
  • Most stories can be broken into four parts.
  • Identifying the turning point is the key.

7
Rising Action
Things that happen before the climax.
Example Gertrude gets Cs. Gertrude talks with her teacher.
8
Falling Action
Things that happen after the climax.
Example Gertrude tries harder. Gertrude becomes great.
9
Resolution
How the story ends.
Example Gertrude gets a job and her own place.
10
Narrative Structure
Climax
Falling Action
Rising Action
Story
Resolution
11
Tips for Identifying
  • Everything revolves around the climax.
  • Climax is not always the most exciting part of
    the story.

12
DRAMATIC STRUCTURE CHART
  • Turning point in the plot
  • Crisis point or point of greatest tension
  • Main conflict introduced
  • Minor plot developments are resolved
  • Setting given
  • Main characters introduced
  • Basic informa-tion given to understand plot

Plot Development/Level of Tension
  • Main conflict is resolved
  • Protagonist involved in resolution

Time
Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling
Action Resolution
13
Exposition
  • Setting
  • Where geographic location
  • When date, season, time of day
  • Why the situation in which the
    story is set (context)
  • Main Characters
  • Protagonist/Name (Flat, Round, Dynamic, Static)
  • Antagonist/Name (Flat, Round,Dynamic, Static)
  • Basic Plot

14
Rising Action
  • Main conflict is introduced
  • Indicate type of conflict
  • Internal conflict or External?
  • Character vs. character
  • Character vs. nature
  • Character vs. society

15
Climax
  • Turning Point
  • May also be the event that involves the
    point of greatest tension or crisis

16
Falling Action
  • Minor plot developments are resolved

17
Resolution
  • Main conflict is resolved Resolution must involve
    the protagonist or it is not the resolution
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