What Are Plot and Setting? Feature Menu Plot Subplots Parallel Episodes Setting as Backgroun d Setting as Conflict Setting: Mood Your Turn Plot Plot is the chain of related events that tells you what happens in a story. EVENT 1 Jen challenges
Rick to a bike race. Bet I can ride Diamondback Trail faster than you can! Bet you cant! What do you think happens next? EVENT 2 Jen and Rick meet on the
trail. Plot How are the two events linked together? EVENT 1 Jen challenges Rick to a bike race. EVENT 2 Jen and Rick meet on the trail. cause/effect Like links in a chain, each event hooks our curiosity and pulls us forward to the next event.
Plot: Exposition The storys exposition introduces characters, settings, and the storys basic conflict. EVENT 1 Jen challenges Rick to a bike race. Should he try to impress Jen OR by accepting her challenge? Jens challenge presents a problem to Rick:
Should he avoid defeat or losing her friendship by choosing not to race? Plot: Rising Action The storys rising action describes the series of conflicts faced by the main character. Those conflicts may include forces of nature, such as gravity or strong head winds, or a characters own feelings.
Plot: Rising Action What if we add more events to the chain? EVENT 1 Jen challenges Rick to a bike race. EVENT 2 EVENT 3 Jen and Rick meet on the trail. Ricks bike chain slips
off. Event 3 has made the plot chain more complicated. The outcome of the race is no longer a matter of who can bike faster. Plot: Rising Action If Rick cant repair his chain quickly, he will lose the race. If Jen rides EVENT 3 off and leaves Ricks chain Rick stranded, slips off. she may win the
race but lose Ricks friendship. Event 3 is called a complication because it makes the plots conflict more difficult to resolve. Plot: Rising Action What other complications might Rick or Jen face? EVENT 1 Jen challenges Rick to a bike race. EVENT 2 EVENT 3
Jen and Rick race. ? ? ? ? ? ? What would make the story interesting, exciting, or suspenseful? Plot: Climax A storys climax is the point at which the outcome of the conflict is decidedoften in a surprising way. Ricks chain is off his bike. Jen is circling back to check on him. Suddenly, Rick remembers
what he learned from his Uncle Eduardo: 1. how to replace a slipped chain 2. how to impress a girl Plot: Climax Where does a storys climax fit into the plot chain? The story reaches its climax when the obstacles created by complications are overcome. The climax makes the ending possible. Plot: Resolution The resolution is the end of the story. It
tells how the conflict turned out. How was the conflict in this story resolved? Neither Jen nor Rick won the race, but . . . they took many more bike rides together. [End of Section] Plot Quick Check Paul packed his last pair of jeans in his duffel bag and carried it out to the car. It was time to leave for college.
His mom and dadand Mirandawere waiting with sad smiles on their faces. Paul placed his lucky bottle cap in Mirandas hand and climbed into the car after saying goodbye. He was surprised to find a little box on the seat next to him. Inside it, on a cushion of cotton balls, was Mirandas lucky letter charmM for miracles. Where in the plot would this scene occur? exposition rising action
climax resolution [End of Section] Plot: Subplots In addition to the main plot, some stories have subplots. Main plot Subplot Rick to Ricktries thinks impress Jenhis
by little of agreeing to a uncles advice bike race. until Rick finds that he really can use A subplot is a minorit. plot that is part of the larger story but not as important. Plot: Parallel Episodes Some plots contain parallel episodes:
repeated events in a story. Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Ricks chain slips off. Ricks front tire goes flat. Jens brake cable snaps. Rick replaces
the chain, and the race continues. Rick patches the tire, and the race continues. Rick invites Jen to his uncles bikerepair shop. Setting: Setting as Background Setting provides a backgrounda time period and place in which the action occurs. Setting: Setting as Background
Writers carefully select images and details to create a setting that draws us into the story. sigh tast hearin t e g three hot-air balloons colored the sky the tart apple the steady
beat of the drum Setting: Setting as Background Writers carefully select images and details to create a setting that draws us into the story. touc smel h l gritty, wet sand between her toes strong, sweet scent
of a rose Setting: Setting as Background Settings can include the location of a story. Hong Kong Setting: Setting as Background Settings may also include weather time of day time period (past, present, or future) social customs Setting: Setting as Background
Quick Check She looked across the sea of people as she made her way through the crowd. The busy waterfront bustled with families eager to enjoy a day at the coast. Bouncing beach balls and colorful towels dotted the sunny boardwalk. Which words in the passage help you imagine where the scene takes place?
[End of Section] Setting: Setting as Conflict Sometimes settings are central to a storys main conflict: The setting may present a character with his or her main conflict. Setting: Setting as Conflict Quick Check Soon-yi stared at the table. Her grandmother had decorated it carefully, taking great delight in the ancient green tea
ceremony. In the center of the table sat the steaming pot of tea, surrounded by delicate cups and saucers the color of pale green jade. Everything was unfamiliar, alien to Soon-yis sense of what an American meal should be. Which words that describe the setting help illustrate Soon-yis internal conflict?
[End of Section] Setting: Mood Mood is the overall atmosphere or effect of a work of literature. A writers word choice and the storys setting often create mood. balmy foggy stark Setting: Mood What adjectives might you use to describe each of the moods illustrated below? dark, foggy
mysteriou s peacefu l warm breezes ice and snow menacing Setting: Mood Quick Check At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another
less spacious. Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris. Three sides of this interior crypt were still ornamented in this manner. from The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe What mood is created by the details of this setting? [End of Section]
Analyze Plot and Setting Your Turn Choose a familiar story. It can be from a book, a TV show, or a movie. Use a story map like this one. Describe the key parts of the storys plot. Make note of any parallel episodes and instances in which the setting affects the plot. Create a new chart for any subplots. The End
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