This is a handout to use to help students understand the basics of analyzing a plot. It includes explanations of the following terms related to plot: protagonist, antagonist, motivation, conflict, internal conflict, person versus self, external conflict, person versus person, person versus society, person versus nature, person versus forces beyond human control, person versus machine, exposition, inciting event, complication, rising action, climax, epiphany, falling action, resolution, denouement, traditional plot structure, episodic plot structure, and narrative.
This handout is keyed to both the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) and the Common Core Standards.
How to Look at Narrative Using Literary Terms: Plot
by Brad Hutchinson
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