Basic Elements
Conflict
Point of View
Stylistic Devices
Plot Line

100

One of the people or animals in a story.
What is a character?

100

A problem between characters.
What is Person Against Person?

100

The angle by which a story is told. The angle depends upon the narrator, or person telling the story.
What is Point of View?

100

The message about life or human nature that is "hidden" in the story that the writer tells.
What is Theme?

100

Following a plan the action that makes up a story.
What is Plot Line?

200

The person or force that works against the hero/main character in the story.
What is the Antagonist?

200

A problem within a character's own mind..
What is a Problem Against Self?

200

One of the characters in the story is telling the story. (I, me)
What is First-Person Point of View?

200

The feeling a piece of literature creates in a reader.
What is Mood?

200

This introduces characters and settings while supplying background and setting the tone.
What is Exposition?

300

The main character in a story, often a good or heroic type.
What is the Protagonist?

300

A problem between a character and society, school, the Law, or some tradition.
What is a Person Against Society?

300

You are part of the story because you are a character in the story. (you, your)
What is Second-Person Point of View?

300

The lesson a story teaches.
What is Moral?

300

This introduces complications (problems) which build suspense and is when the plot "thickens."
What is Rising Action?

400

The place and time frame in which a story takes place.
What is the Setting?

400

A problem between a character and some element of nature - a blizzard, a hurricane, a mountain climb, etc.
What is a Person Against Nature?

400

Third-Person point of view allows the narrator to share the thoughts and feelings of two or more characters. (all, everything)
What is Third-Person Omniscient?

400

The attitude or feeling that comes across in a piece of literature.
What is Tone?

400

This is the turning point of the story and the moment when the suspense reaches its peak which results in a change for the main character. This sometimes occurs at the end of the story, without being followed by the falling action.
What is the Climax?

500

The action that makes up the story, following a plan called the plot line.
What is the Plot?

500

A problem or struggle that appears to be well beyond a character's control.
What is a Person Against Fate (God)?

500

Third-Person point of view that allows the narrator to share the thoughts and feelings of only one character.
What is Third-Person Limited Omniscient?

500

The serious, funny, or satiric attitude or feeling revealed by the characters, word choice, and general writing style in literature.
What is Tone?

500

This occurs after the climax of the story, resolves conflict and ties up loose ends of the story.
What is the Falling Action/Resolution?