“All fiction is about people, unless it’s about rabbits pretending to be people. It’s all essentially characters in action, which means characters moving through time and changes taking place, and that’s what we call ‘the plot’.”  Margaret Atwood, Author

The “Understanding Plot and Conflict” slideshow will help students understand plot and conflict in a story. It introduces students to the concepts of internal and external conflict, defines the term story arc, and demonstrates how placing obstacles in the path of main characters makes their stories more interesting and compelling. It also includes a class activity that asks students to create pencil mazes that literally demonstrates placing obstacles in the path of the main character.

Teacher Tip! Please preview the slideshow and educator guide before sharing with your students so you can determine which activities and exercises will best meet the needs of your class.

RESOURCES: Educator Guide | Handouts | Bibliography

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