Plot Elements

Question Answer
setting the time and location which a story takes place
plot how the author arranges the events to develop his/her basic idea; includes introduction, rising, action, climax, falling action, and resolution
conflict the opposition or struggle in the plot
characters the people in the story; include the protagonist and antagonist
theme the text's controlling idea or central insight; the author's underlying message to the reader
rising action where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict begins
denouement the resolution in the story
dialogue when the characters talk to each other in a story