Elements of Plot

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Cinderella wants to go to the ball and marry the prince. At the end of the story, she does! But how does the plot move from the exposition to the resolution? Teach language arts learners and fairy tale fans about the basics of plot structure, including rising action, climax, and falling action, using "Cinderella" as an example.  After viewing the presentation, they apply the plot elements to another story they have chosen.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Project the presentation onto the board during a lesson on literary elements
  • Have a list of applicable fairy tales ready for class members to analyze
  • Prompt small groups to choose their favorite movies to diagram after discussing additional fairy tales
Classroom Considerations

  • Presentation is in PDF format, not PPT

  • Applies a well-known story to a complex literary concept
  • Follow-up project is fun and engaging
  • Presentation discusses each element in the plot mountain as it relates to the story

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