Analyzing Plot Elements


ELAR-Grade-6 Literary Genres Analyzing Plot Elements
Students discuss the importance of plot in stories and examine the five elements of basic plot structure. Then, they read a historical short story containing those elements. Next, they comprehend and analyze the concept of flashback. Finally, they analyze the plot in a self-selected story.

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Overview

In this experience, students discuss the importance of plot in stories and examine the five elements of basic plot structure. Then, they read a historical short story containing those elements. Next, they comprehend and analyze the concept of flashback. Finally, they analyze the plot in a self-selected story.

Objectives

  • Identify and analyze plot elements.
  • Identify and explain flashback.

Duration

One or two class periods. 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 “A Horseman in the Sky”

  • concealed: hidden
  • descend: go down
  • critical: (1) finding fault; (2) analyzing carefully; (3) at a point of danger (4) having to do with critics
  • conscience: sense of right and wrong
  • fatigue: tiredness


For most readers, the thing that first gets them interested in a story is the plot—the actions that occur and the way they build excitement from beginning to end. In this experience, you’ll learn how plot works and what its parts are.

Objectives

  • Identify and analyze plot elements.
  • Identify and explain flashback.


sheet of paper in a typewriter, with the word “plot” typed on it

Think about some of the stories you have read recently—either at home or school.


What kinds of stories do you like best and why?

Post your answer

Use students’ posts to spark discussion. Lead students to express a sense of how important various story elements are in their appreciation of fiction. Guide the conversation around those who identify plot as an important feature.


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