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Elements of a Short Story. 8 th Grade Language Arts Livingston County Middle School Power Point Presentation created by: Selise Ridolfi. Definition of a Short Story. Tells about a single event or experience Fictional (not true) 500 to 15,000 words in length

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elements of a short story

Elements of a Short Story

8th Grade Language Arts

Livingston County Middle School

Power Point Presentation created by: Selise Ridolfi

definition of a short story
Definition of a Short Story
  • Tells about a single event or experience
  • Fictional (not true)
  • 500 to 15,000 words in length
  • It has a beginning, middle, and end
  • Creates an impression on the reader
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Elements of a Short Story
  • Setting
  • Characterization
  • Plot
  • Conflict
  • Climax
  • Resolution
  • Theme
  • Point of view
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Short Story Vocabulary
  • Setting:Tells the reader where and when the story takes place.
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Short Story Vocabulary
  • Characterization: Creation of imaginary people who appear to be real to the reader. The writer gives information about the characters in the story.
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Short Story Vocabulary
  • Plot: A series of events through which the writer reveals what is happening, to whom, and why.
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Short Story Vocabulary
  • Conflict: Is a problem in the story that needs to be resolved.
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Short Story Vocabulary
  • Climax: When the action comes to its highest point of conflict.
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Short Story Vocabulary
  • Resolution: The story’s action after the climax until the end of the story. The “conclusion” of the story.
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Short Story Vocabulary
  • Theme: The story’s main ideas. The “message” the writer intends to communicate by telling the story.
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Short Story Vocabulary
  • Point of view: The position of the narrator of the story and what the writer sees from that vantage point.
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Elements of a Short Story
  • Setting
  • Characterization
  • Plot
  • Conflict
  • Climax
  • Resolution
  • Theme
  • Point of view
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Short Story

Great writers are able to use the elements of the short story with such precision that the reader is caught up in the action of the story. This is a mark of a good story and our goal as a writer.