Elements of Plot
Types of Conflict
Story Vocabulary
Depth and Complexity
Depth and Complexity #2
100
Exposition
The main characters, the story set, what event makes the rest of the story possible
100
Man vs. Self (Internal)
A struggle between s character and his feelings, conscience, or fear.
100
Plot
The chain of events that make up a story
100
Details
What are the defining features of characteristics? Finf examples and evidence to support opinions and ideas.
100
Trends
Note factors (Social Economics, Political, Geographic) that cause events to occur. Identify patterns of change over time.
200
Rising Action
Most important complications and events in the story that move the plot along
200
Man vs. Man (Internal)
Other characters may be the antagonist
200
Protagonist
The main character in the story
200
Language of the Discipline
What vocabulary terms are specific to the content or discipline?
200
Ethics
What moral principles are involved in this subject? What controversies exist? What arguments could emerge from a study of this topic?
300
Climax
The main problem in the story
300
Man vs. Nature (External)
A struggle between a character and mother nature. Mother nature: wether, animals, insects, sickness, and epidemics.
300
Antagonist
The character or force in conflict with the protagonist.
300
Patterns
What elements reoccur? What is the sequence or order of events? Make predictions based on past events.
300
Big Ideas
What theory or general statement applies tot hese ideas?How do these ideas relate to board concepts such as change, systems, chaos vs. order, etc? What is the main idea?
400
Falling Action
What events take place after the climax that prepare the story for it's resolution
400
Man vs. Society (External)
A struggle between a character and the laws or beliefs of a group. Could include poverty, politics, social norms, expectations, or values.
400
Setting
The time and place of the story
400
Unanswered Questions
What information is unclear, missing, or unavailable? What evidence do you need? What has not yet been proven?
400
Across the Disciplines
Relate the area of study to other subjects within, between, and across disciplins.
500
Resolution
How are the loose ends tied up? What questions are answered?How is the conflict resolved?
500
Conflict
A struggle between opposing forces or characters A story can have several conflicts. The main conflict is central to th plot and usually resolved by the resolution Without conflict a story would be boring
500
Complications
problems that rise as characters struggle to reach their goals.
500
Rules
What structure underlines this subject? What guidelines or regulations affect it? What hiearchy or ordering principle is at work?
500
Changes over Time
How are elements related in terms of the past, present, and future? How and why do things change? What doesn't change?
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