Narrative Writing: Plot Structure
Ever read a student's story that was just event after event after event and then a very sudden ending? They lack an understanding of a plot's structure. With the help of Finding Nemo, I break down how to set up a well-structured plot.
Students will add structure to their plots using the time-tested, five-act model. I introduce it using several student-friendly stories.
Students will base their plots around these five acts:
- Exposition - The setup before the actual story begins.
- Rising Action - A series of adventures which change the characters.
- Climax - The big test to see if characters have truly changed.
- Falling Action - Shows us the immediate results of the climax.
- Denouement - A parallel of the exposition. Shows us that the characters' changes have lasted.
We'll use Finding Nemo as a model of how these acts work together.