Short stories . All short stories have a plot that follows basic pattern. Freytag’s Pyramid. Exposition. Complications (Rising Action). Climax. Falling Action. Resolution. Exposition (basic Situation). ID: 696950
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Introduction to Plot Diagram TerminologySlide2
All short stories have a plot that follows basic patternSlide3
Complications (Rising Action)
Exposition (basic Situation)
opening of the story
characters and their conflicts are introduced
must follow the story until the
main conflict is introduced.
This may be a few pages into the story.Slide5
Rising Action (complications)
main character takes action to resolve the main conflict, but he/she meets with more problems or complications:
danger, hostility, fear, or even a new threatening situationSlide6
peak of the plot diagram
most important things about the climax:
turning point of the story
something happens that can’t be reversed
most emotional part
key scene in the story
the tense, exciting, or terrifying moment when our emotional involvement is the greatestSlide7
Occurs at the end
all struggles are over
Wraps Up the story:
We know what is going to happen to the characters.Slide8
Wait by Patrick
planted the seed and waited. After a while rain came down from the sky, pelting her skin, chilling her. She shivered but didn't leave, not yet.
sun came out, warming the soil, driving the cold from her bones. She waited. Clouds scudded by overhead, in a hurry for some reason. The moon rose, stars wheeled, and then the sun rose again.She
didn't just wait, of course. She prayed, she sang, she read the old stories, the myths and the legends. On the seventh day she snoozed under a cloudless sky, waking only briefly when a dragonfly happened to touch down on her nose. She observed its cathedral-window wings, iridescent with refracted sunlight, and drowsed once more after it left her.
Rain, sun, moon, stars: she endured them all. The seedling broke the soil with a questing green curlicue, looking for all the world like a question mark in the Old Tongue. She sat on it and waited more: days, months, decades.A boy came along and asked her why she'd climbed to the top of the tree.
"I didn't," she said.Slide9
Exposition: Planted a seed
Complications (Rising Action
-It rained, but she didn’t leave.
-Sun came out, set, and rose again.
-Slept, sang, prayed
Climax: Bloom broke soil
Sat on it and waited longer - decades
She was at the top of her tree.
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