Analyzing Plot Elements


ELAR-Grade-7 Literary Genres Analyzing Plot Elements
Students discuss the importance of plot in stories and examine the elements of plot structure. Then, they read Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death,” identifying the elements of plot within the story. Next, they identify and analyze suspense and foreshadowing in Poe’s story. Finally, they diagram the plot of a self-selected story and describe examples of suspense or foreshadowing in it.

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Overview

In this experience, students discuss the importance of plot in stories and examine the elements of plot structure. Then, they read Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death,” identifying the elements of plot within the story. Next, they identify and analyze suspense and foreshadowing in Poe’s story. Finally, they diagram the plot of a self-selected story and describe examples of suspense or foreshadowing in it.

Objectives

  • Analyze plot elements.
  • Identify and analyze the use of foreshadowing in a story.
  • Identify and explain how authors use suspense to advance a plot.

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 “The Masque of the Red Death”

  • dominion: (1) area ruled by a given monarch; (2) power to rule
  • extensive: filling a large amount of space, time, effort, etc.
  • external: outside        
  • magnificence: splendor
  • multitude: large number of things or people
  • ghastly: horrifying, creepy, ghostlike  
  • ebony: a rich black color; a wood of that color
  • revelers: party goers
  • confronted: faced  
  • utterly: completely
  • gaunt: thin, worn-looking, and hungry-looking


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

  • Analyze plot elements.
  • Identify and analyze the use of foreshadowing in a story.
  • Identify and explain how authors use suspense to advance a plot.


word game letter tiles spelling the word “plot”

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 student posts to spark discussion. Lead students to express a sense of how important plot is in their appreciation of fiction. Guide the conversation around those who identify plot as an important feature.


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