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Ch 1: Elements of a Story

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If you need help reviewing the elements of story, check out this series of engaging English lessons. You can access these lessons anytime you need to study for an English exam, bring up your grades or refresh your memory of important literary terms.

Elements of a Story - Chapter Summary

This English study resource can help you learn or review the elements of story. Inside the chapter, you'll find short and engaging lessons that explore relevant literary topics, such as plot, dialogue and theme. Our expert English instructors will also show you how you can identify and analyze these story elements while reading. After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define literary terms such as plot, setting, character traits and character motivation
  • Outline a reading selection's sequence of events
  • Evaluate character roles and dialogue in fictional works
  • Interpret the tone and mood of a written text
  • Identify a story's main idea and theme
  • Recognize details that support and build on a story's main idea
  • Analyze generalizations within a written passage

To help you make sure you fully understand these literary terms and concepts, we've included self-assessment quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam. You can work through the chapter at your own pace and use the course Dashboard feature to native to specific lesson topics. Finally, you can use any computer or mobile device to access the chapter, which helps you study wherever you happen to be.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Elements of a Story
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

1. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

Plot is a literary term that refers to how narrative points are arranged to make a story understandable to the reader or observer. This lesson will look at the definition of plot, as well as examples of plot from well-known stories.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

2. Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

This lesson explores plot in fiction. We will define the term, explore the various parts of a plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution), and learn about subplots.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

3. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

4. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.

What is a Character Trait? - Definition & Examples

5. What is a Character Trait? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying, developing and understanding character traits through analysis. It will allow you to explore how character traits can be found and applied to different forms of literature and real-life scenarios.

Character Motivation: Definition & Examples

6. Character Motivation: Definition & Examples

What makes a character tick? In this lesson, we will examine the concept of character motivation and why it is so important in telling a believable story.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

7. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

In this lesson, we will talk about characters and characterization. We will explore the various types of characters, examine some methods of characterization, and pay special attention to the role of dialogue.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

8. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

9. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

What is the Main Idea of a Story?

10. What is the Main Idea of a Story?

Have you ever read a story and wondered to yourself, 'What's the main idea of this story?' In this lesson, we'll go over what the main idea of a story is, why it's important and how to find it.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

11. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

Recognizing Details That Elaborate Upon a Main Idea

12. Recognizing Details That Elaborate Upon a Main Idea

One of the most important tasks of reading, is determining the point of what is being read. This lesson will explain how to spot details that are related to the main idea, while also giving plenty of examples to help you out!

How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

13. How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

Do you know what a generalization is? Do you know how to spot a misleading generalization when you see one, or make generalizations about different aspects of a passage? Watch this video lesson to gain or improve skills.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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