Welcome to the Exploring Plot in Story Writing WikiEdit

Children are natural storytellers. However, when it comes to writing a good story, they may feel overwhelmed, even if they have a vivid imagination and millions of great ideas. In order for children to write a good story, they need to be inspired by developing an interesting plot. Teachers, if want your students to write a good short story, just follow these steps.

Developing the Plot
Plot Elements

Plot Elements


Every short story should have a plot that grips the reader, leading him or her to ask what will happen next. This does not mean that your story must include a high-speed chase or a murder to be intriquing. A good story has some basic elements of a plot:​

  • Exposition: This typically comes at the beginning of the plot, when readers are introduced to the main characters, the setting, and the central conflict. Thus the exposition is the background information on the characters and setting. It may also  describes the mood and conditions existing at the beginning of the story. However, some stories start off right in the middle of the action and make the readers work backwards to find out what is really going on.
  • Rising action: This is the most exciting part of the story.It is when the problem or conflict begins. 
  • Conflict: This is the stakes of the story. There has to be something at stake in every story, or the reader will not want to keep reading, no matter how beautiful the language may be. Conflict is the problems faced by the characters. Every story needs conflict or a point of tension; it can be as dramatic as two men fighting over the same women, or a girl wondering if her friend is going to invite her to a party. There are two types of conflicts. These are internal and external conflicts.

External Conflict- An external conflict is a struggle with a force on the outside. It may be a struggle between:

two characters

a character and a group

a character and something nonhuman

Types of External Conflict…a deeper look

Character vs. Character-Problem with another character.

Character vs. Nature- Problem with force of nature.

Character vs. Society- Problem with the laws or beliefs of a group. For example: character vs. community, society or culture.

Internal Conflict or Character vs. Self- An internal conflict is a struggle that takes place within a character’s mind or heart. It is problem with deciding what to do or think;  “inner conflict” .

  • Falling action:This is all the events which follows the climax. It is when the climax has already occurred and the problem is beginning to be solved.
  • Resolution of the story- This is the conclusion, the tying together of all of the threads. After the conflict is resolved or discussed, the story has to wrap up. But most short stories do not have happy endings. Many stories end on a word or image that leaves the reader thinking.

Here are some commonly used plot patterns that move stories:

  • From problem to solution
  • From mystery to solution
  • From strife to peace
  • From danger to safety
  • From confusion to order
  • From dilemma to decision
  • From ignorance to knowledge
  • From questions to answers

Here is a  resource for reviewing terms related to story plot.

Story Plot Terms File:Storyplotterms (1).pdf

Resources for Plot DevelopmentEdit

Plot Development Diagram   File:SCOPE-REPRO-092109-17.pdf                                       

Story Plot Map File:17 plot.pdf

Story Plot Graph File:Storyplotgraph (1).pdf

Story- An Empty Purse File:An empty purse.pdf

Sequencing Plot File:LL-93 (1).pdf

Using Wikis to develop PlotEdit

What is a wiki?

 A wiki is a page to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content. Wikis are often used to create collaborative work, as for example, the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, which is one of the best-known wikis.

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Advantages of Using Wikis

§  anyone can edit

§  easy to use and learn

§  Wikis are instantaneous so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update information

§  people located in different parts of the world can work on the same document

§  the wiki software keeps track of every edit made and it is a simple process to revert back to a previous version of an article

§  widens access to the power of web publishing to non-technical users

§  the wiki has no predetermined structure - consequently it is a flexible tool which can be used for a wide range of applications

§  Most of the Wiki hosting platforms are free.

Organizing Students for Collaborative Writing

Given the versatility of wikis, there are many possible ways of grouping students for collaborative writing projects. The following are some examples:

  • the class as one big group; anyone can write to the class wiki
  • the class divided into sub-groups; students write stories within their sub-group, but their work can be read by anyone in the class
  • joint story writing projects involving different classes
  • joint story writing projects involving different schools
  • "community story writing projects”, eg, a wiki for all students in a school or in a QEC who are interested in story writing

 Class WIKI: instructions


The task consists of writing a short story, around 500 words, coherent and well-structured, with an ending consented/approved by all the class. The first paragraph of the narrative has already been written by the teacher.

·         Firstly, ALL STUDENTS will be responsible for writing a short paragraph: Instructions


You must continue the story/follow the plot.

Use clear language and structures.

You can use present, past or future verb tenses.

Your originality, grammatical correctness and richness of vocabulary will be evaluated.

At the end of your paragraph, write your full name and the numbers of words.

·         Secondly, THE TEACHER will highlight the parts of the text that need to be corrected (grammar, vocabulary, word order, spelling mistakes, etc.).

·         Thirdly, ALL STUDENTS will be responsible for correcting, at least, their own paragraph. Also, they can correct other students’ paragraphs.

·         Then, once we have the complete story written and its errors corrected, Five students will be responsible for writing the ending. These five students will be selected in advance. They will not need to write a story-paragraph, only the ending.

·         We will read the full story in class time and evaluate our participation in this task.

Click on the link below to go to Class Wiki-Task.



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