Analyzing Plot Elements


ELAR-Grade-4 Literary Genres Analyzing Plot Elements
Students examine the five elements of basic plot structure. Next, they read a folktale and identify each plot element in the story. Finally, they analyze the plot elements in a self-selected story.

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Overview

In this experience, students examine the five elements of basic plot structure. Next, they read a folktale and identify each plot element in the story. Finally, they analyze the plot elements in a self-selected story.

Objectives

  • Identify and analyze plot elements.
  • Draw a plot diagram.

Duration

One class period. You may choose to have the students read the short story (provided in the Student Pack) and the self-selected short story at home before beginning the experience.

Vocabulary Words Used in “The Story of the Mouse Merchant”

  • refuge: place to escape danger
  • accounts: business records
  • merchant: someone whose business is buying and selling things
  • loan: money lent by a person or bank
  • interest: money a lender charges a borrower
  • capital: money to start or run a business with
  • gratefully: thankfully
  • obtained: got
  • profit: money gained by doing business


Different people have different tastes in stories. Many people read stories because they like action that sweeps them up and makes them feel they’re taking part in the events. In this experience, you will learn how authors create that feeling.

Objectives

  • Identify and analyze plot elements.
  • Draw a plot diagram.


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What do you usually enjoy most in a story?

A) the action, or plot 
B) the people, or characters
C) the author’s use of words
D) the descriptions of places and things

Briefly discuss students’ responses by asking their reasons for their preferences. Lead into the next scene by saying that they will now look closely at how one of the most important aspects of a story—the plot—works.


If you answered “the action, or plot,” you’re like the many people who read to find out what happens—what the characters do, the problems the characters face, and how the events turn out in the end. The action in a story and the way the author puts events into a certain order, is called the plot


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