ENG1D6U1L2: Story Structure

September 16, 2014:

Today we talked about the shape and elements of stories. Aristotle outlined the basic plot structure, see this pdf from ReadWriteThink for more details!

We also discussed the types of conflict that drive a story:

  • Human vs. Human
  • Human vs. Nature
  • Human vs. Society
  • Human vs. the Self

As a class, we read "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut.

Tip: If you missed today's class, you can read the story at the link (click on "Harrison Bergeron").

Students responded to the story and were asked to identify the plot structure (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution).

Tip: If you prefer to work online, why not use this tool to map out the plot of the story?

Homework: due Monday September 22

Finish mapping the plot structure on your copy of "Harrision Bergeron". You may mark the stages on the sheet or use the above tool and print it out. Be sure to note why you have identified these sections of the text.

Note: Next class (Sept 18) will be held in the library for a special presentation/workshop. Please meet in the library for Thursday's class. We will continue to read and examine "Harrison Bergeron" on Monday.