A way of ordering the events in a story that mirrors the order in which they happen.
The third part of plot; the moment of greatest tension or excitement in the story.
The final resolution or ending of a story.
A struggle or problem.
The beginning of a plot, in which characters are introduced and setting is established.
A struggle or problem between a character and an outside force.
The gradual release of tension following the climax of a story.
A point in a story that shows something that happened earlier.
Hints or suggestions that tell you what is going to happen in a story.
The basic structure of plot as outlined by German novelist and critic Gustav Freytag (1816 – 1895). This format features five stages: (1) exposition, (2) rising action, (3) climax, (4) falling action, (5) conclusion.
A struggle between the character and himself or herself. This struggle happens inside the character.
The rate at which a story moves forward.
A series of events that makes up "what happens" in a story.
The increase of tension within a story; rising action drives the plot toward the climax.
The feeling of not knowing what is going to happen next in a story.
The suspense produced by a conflict or problem that has not yet been solved.
Elements of text that stand out from other parts of the page. Text features can include boldface, text boxes, and titles.
Elements of the page that stand out and grab your attention.

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