Plot: A Chain of Events Feature Menu What Is Plot? Conflict Climax Resolution Subplots Parallel Episodes
Jen challenges Rick to a bike race. Jen and Rick meet on the trail. What Is Plot? Plot is the chain of related events that drives a reader’s interest in a story. Bet I can ride Diamondback Trail faster than you can! EVENT 2 EVENT 1 Bet you can’t! What do you think happens next?
Conflict A story’s conflict can be a struggle with another character, a force of nature, such as gravity or a strong headwind, or a character’s own feelings. [End of Section]
Climax A story’s climax is the point at which the outcome of the conflict is decided—often in a surprising way. Rick’s chain is off his bike. Jen is circling back to check on Rick. Suddenly, Rick remembers what he learned from his Uncle Eduardo: 1. how to replace a slipped chain 2. how to impress a girl
Climax Where does a story’s climax fit into the plot chain? It overcomes the obstacles presented by complications and makes the ending possible. [End of Section]
Resolution The resolution is the end of the story. It tells how the conflict turned out. How was the conflict in this story resolved? Neither Jen nor Rick won the race, but . . . they took many more bike rides together. [End of Section]
Subplots In addition to the main plot, some stories have subplots. Main plot Rick tries to impress Jen by agreeing to a bike race. Sub plot Rick discounts his uncle’s advice—then finds that he really can use it. A subplot is a plot that is part of the larger story but is not as important.
Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Rick’s chain slips off. Rick’s front tire goes flat. Jen’s brake cable snaps. Rick replaces the chain, and the race continues. Rick patches the tire, and the race continues. Rick invites Jen to his uncle’s bike-repair shop. Parallel Episodes Some plots contain parallel episodes: repeated events in a story. [End of Section]
Plot: A Chain of Events The End