Students often struggle with literary elements because they don't understand them as functional; that is, each decision concerning the plot, characterization, setting, etc. performs a function in the relation of the narrative.
This is the first of a series on literary elements. In this lesson, students review the basic parts of plot structure but view them in terms of the function they play in a narrative.
More importantly, students learn what it means to a narrative when these pieces are omitted and how authors can create effects--irony, surprise, shock--by manipulating the plot structure.
This product includes a presentation to introduce concepts, a handout students can keep in their notebooks all year long, and an optional (but highly recommended) extension activity to read Stephen Crane's "An Episode of War" and analyze its incomplete plot structure.