Lesson Plan - Get It!
You are engrossed in a movie, following the action, when you are interrupted! When is the worst time for you to get interrupted in a movie: the beginning, the part when all the action is happening, or the resolution at the end?
All story elements are important to a movie, but for most people, getting interrupted in the middle of the all the action is the worst!
The part of the movie when all the action is coming to a peak is called the climax of the story.
When creating a story for a movie or a book, an author follows a specific outline, or story path, called a plot. The plot usually consists of 5 elements. Can you guess what they are? (Hint: Look at the diagram below!)
For a good review, listen to this Elements of the Plot Peet Students video by Donna Vannatter below. While you are listening, write down the plot elements you hear and their definitions:
Now, review what elements were presented in the song:
- Which story element describes the characters, the setting, and creates a hook for the reader?
Yes, the exposition.
- Once the reader is introduced to the book, what plot element comes next?
Correct, the rising action.
- We see the conflict during the rising action, and what is at the very peak of the story?
The climax, correct!
- What 2 plot elements come after the climax?
The falling action and the resolution to end the story.
The elements of a plot can be seen as a mountain, like in the diagram below:
Here is a great Story Structure: Parts of the Narrative | Common Core Reading Skills Lesson video by MortonTeaches to review the story elements one more time:
Now that you have been introduced to the five plot elements, move on to the Got It? section to create a plot foldable.