Plot structure

3rd Six weeks project

Graphic Organizer

The plot structure helps develop and organize the story in sequence of events.

  • 5 w's graphic organizer

A chart to help you organize your ideas

What happened?

Who was there?

Why did it happen?

When did it happen?

Where did it happen?

  • Outline

Helps you organize your thoughts

What is plot structure?


Includes the setting, characters

Rising action-

Suspense is growing here, the protagonist is faced with a problem


Where the tension of the story is at its highest; point of greatest tension

Falling action-

Conflict outcome; resulting events. Resolution of characters crisis


Final outcome;Also often called denouement, which is French for "to untie" or "unravel"

Revising and Editing

  • Revision

-Add detail in the form of adjectives and adverbs

-Add similes, metaphors, and a strong opening (hook, thesis)

-Improving closing (conclusion)

-Change words

  • Editing

-Deals with the paper as a whole

-Checking and correcting spelling and grammar

-Correcting punctuation

Points of view

  • First person-

Uses the "I" narrator

- Peripheral

Supporting character; still uses "I" but narrator is not the protagonist

  • Second person-

Told from the perspective "you"

  • Third person-

Used when your narrator is not a character in the story (he/ she/ it)


Limited only one character; narrator only knows what the character knows


still uses he/she/it category; narrator can follow multiple characters in the story


Still uses the he/she/it but narrator knows everything and isn't limited by what one character knows


Is the form of the verb that shows the mode or manner in which a thought is expressed


The place, time, and conditions in which the actions of a book, movie, etc., takes place.; the place & conditions in which something happens or exists

Sensory Language

Language that connects to the senses, to create a description or image of something. (Sight, smell, taste, touch, sound)

Plot and Character Development


A literary term used to describe the events that make up a story or main part of the story


The portrayal of people in a work of fiction in such way, the reader or audience seems to learn more about them as it develops.

Hook Statement

Makes the reader want to read the story