This purchase includes guided notes and a Prezi (NOT a PowerPoint) with the definitions for the different parts of plot (plot, exposition, setting, protagonist, antagonist, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution). For more information on Prezis, visit http://prezi.com/.
The Prezi itself requires Adobe Flash to run.
The guided notes are a Microsoft Word document.
• To start the presentation, just double-click on the Prezi file and maximize the window. Click through the Prezi the same way you would a PowerPoint. You can move forward and backward through the presentation.
• Prior to going through the Prezi I usually read a picture book that contains all the elements of plot. As we go through each element in the presentation we identify where that element was in the picture book.
• After going through the Prezi I show the class a couple Pixar shorts, starting with Luxo Jr. The students, working in partners, identify each of the elements of plot in the short films.
The following definitions are used in the Prezi and guided notes:
• Plot: the sequence of related events that make up a story
• Exposition: the beginning of the story that introduces the characters and the setting
• Setting: the time and place of a story
• Protagonist: the main character
• Antagonist: a force working against the main character (could be a person, a force of nature, or even a force within the main character)
• Rising Action: series of events & conflicts that build interest and suspense leading up to the climax
• Climax: the point of maximum interest, the turning point
• Falling Action: the sequence of events which follow the climax and lead to resolution
• Resolution: the end of the story where everything is resolved and the loose ends are tied up