Narrative plot structure

Narrative plot structure

I can include the elements of a narrative plot structure within my own writing.

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Narrative plot structure

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Students will review and identify the elements of a narrative: Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. They’ll read several stories and practice identifying the different parts. In the end, students are prompted to develop an outline that fulfills the parameters of each structural element.

Common core standards


Learning Objective

Students will be able to describe the structure of a narrative and include these elements into their own stories.


Review the five main parts of a story with the class and explain the purpose of each part: Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Read the story piece by piece and explain each part as students read.


Students read the story of Briar Rose. After reading, students fill in the story mountain using details from the story. Click on the stick notes to check possible answers. Next, explain that the order of events in a story is very important and it can help to plan a story this way. Show students the different events from the Briar Rose story and have them choose the correct order. Finally, students drag the checkmark to all events that are a part of the falling action of the story.


Check student understanding with 10 questions in which students are asked to define key terminology and read a story and identify its parts.


Have students describe each of the five parts of the narrative structure. Then they will write an outline for their own story, being sure to include each part of the plot.

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