About This Chapter
Climax & Plot in Written Works - Chapter Summary
Get a refresher on basic plot structure with video lessons that provide examples of stories' rising action, climax and falling action. You'll also re-examine the meaning of denouement and take a look at a few notable examples of anticlimax. Try your hand at identifying each of these elements with a lesson discussing the steps involved in plot analysis. Chapter topics include:
- Rising action
- Climax and anticlimax
- Falling action
- Plot analysis
This chapter includes several self-paced resources to help you review plot structure, including illustrated video lessons, multiple-choice quizzes, a chapter test and lesson transcripts featuring key terms in bold. Access these resources at your convenience on your computer, laptop, cell phone or tablet.
1. Climax in Literature: Definition & Examples
Do you know how to identify the climax of a story? Learn what a climax is in literature, with examples from stories you might have read for class or on your own.
2. Rising Action in a Story: Definition & Examples
Every story strives to keep the audience interested. In this lesson, we will take a look at how writers create drama and tension through developing the rising action of the plot.
3. Falling Action of a Story: Definition & Examples
Stories don't just end at their high point. In this lesson, we will take a look at the falling action, the part of the plot that comes after the big climax.
4. Denouement in Literature: Definition & Examples
What happens in a story after the big climax? In this lesson, we will take a look at the 'denouement,' the part of the narrative that wraps up all the loose ends.
5. Anticlimax in Literature: Definition & Examples
One may have ruined your last trip to the movies, but anticlimaxes have also been leaving their marks on literature for centuries. Come learn more about these lackluster finishes in this lesson and see their effects in some literary examples!
6. How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples
In this lesson, we will discuss how to analyze a plot in three basic steps. We will take these three steps and break them down to understand how to analyze a plot by analyzing a fable.
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Other chapters within the ORELA Middle Grades English Language Arts: Practice & Study Guide course
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- Strategies for Acquiring New Vocabulary in English
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- Reading and Comprehension Strategies
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- Themes in Written Works
- Types of Literary Fiction
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- Significant Authors, Poets & Literary Works
- Points of View in Literature
- Strategies for Reading Informational Texts
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- Analyzing & Interpreting Prose
- Noun & Verb Usage in the English Language
- Phrases & Clauses in English
- Types of Sentences in English
- Modifiers in the English Language
- Grammar Conventions in English
- Comma Rules in English
- Spelling Rules in English
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- Descriptive Writing Basics
- Effective Composition Writing
- The Writing Process
- Research Writing
- Narrative Writing Strategies
- Expository Writing Strategies
- Persuasive Writing Strategies
- Effective Listening Strategies
- Public Speaking Strategies
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