Lecture Response 1: Fiction/Story Structure
Define the 5 short story parts of What the Wolf Wants using the terms and definitions defined by the video lecture
1.first, read What the Wolf Wants ( in links )
2.Then, read Short Story Structure: The Art of Writing a Great Short Story here is the link takes you right to website https://jerichowriters.com/short-story-structure-writing-a-great-short-story/
should take you to website.
3.Define the 5 short story parts of What the Wolf Wants using the terms and definitions
defined by the video lecture and provided in the article (under the subtitle “What Are The 5 Parts of a Short Story Structure.” These parts include: Exposition, Rising Action/Plot Points (include all significant plot points), Climax, Falling Action, Resolution/Denouement. Label each part and clearly state in a sentence or two where you find these elements in What the Wolf Wants.
- Come up with an original “Big Idea” for your own story. (If needed, consider the article’s suggestions on how to find inspiration, ideas for writing, and how to build a fictional world.)
- Describe your Big Idea in a short paragraph and label it accordingly.
- Then, using this article and the video lecture in class, describe the Exposition in a few sentences and label it. For example, consider the story Ghost Jeep that we read this week. Here’s an appropriate response.
Three teenage boys, known to be troublemakers, were killed 20 years ago when the sheriff’s daughter (who was playing with her stereo) crossed a median line. The sheriff was the first to arrive and put his daughter (who had minor injuries) in the ambulance and made the other 3 wait for the next ambulance, knowing it was 40 minutes away. The girl grows up, never forgives herself, and becomes an ER doctor to atone, and the 3 boys continually haunt her and the small town.
- Next, include your first plot point that occurs during the Rising Action and label it.
Again, consider Ghost Jeep for an example.
After years of haunting the same people, a new girl moves to town and watches them. (Note: this is the first plot point in Rising Action, but there are others.)
- Repeat Step 7 with at least two other plots points from your story and label them in the same way.
- Now, summarize your Climax and label it. The Climax, as described in the video
lecture, occurs when something happens that changes the situation forever. In Ghost
the climax occurs when, on the anniversary of the accident, the girl gets in the car and
is seriously injured.
- Write your story’s Falling Action and label it. In Ghost Jeep, it’s (1) when the boys take the girl to the hospital and beg the doctor, the person they blame for their death, to help the girl; (2) when she rejects them; and (3) when she changes her mind and walks toward them.
- Write your Resolution/Denouement and label it. In Ghost Jeep, it’s when dawn comes and the ghosts have to disappear, leaving the girl on the grass as the doctor walks toward her.
- Finally, tell us what you think of the assignment. Is it helpful? What is its limitations? Strengths?
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