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STORY ELEMENTS: Plot. Created by: Shelley Swartz, Jillian Broughton and Karen Longhofer. What is Plot?.

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story elements plot


Created by:

Shelley Swartz, Jillian Broughton and Karen Longhofer

what is plot

What is Plot?

The plot is how the author arranges events to develop his basic idea: It is the sequence of events in a story or play. The plot is a planned, logical series of events havening a beginning, middle and end. There are five essential parts of plot.



The beginning of the story where the characters and the setting is revealed.

rising action

Rising Action

This is where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story is reveaaed (events between the introduction and climax)



This is the highest point of interest and the turning point of the story. The reader wonders what will happen next: will the conflict be resolved or not?

falling action

Falling Action

The events and complications begin to resolve themselves. The reader knows what has happened next and if the conflict was resolved or not (events between climax and conclusion)



The final outcome or the untangling of events in a story.

outside links

Outside Links

standards and nets

Standards and NETS

LA. Identify and explain the elements o plot structure including exposition, setting, character development, problem/resolution, and theme in a variety of fiction.


Design developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that apply technology-enhanced instructional strategies to support the diverse needs of learners.


Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products or processes.