Literary Elements


Literary Element #1: Character

Character is any person who appears in a fictional work.  In addition to people, characters can be aliens, animals, gods or, occasionally, inanimate objects.  There are main characters and supporting characters.

Flat characters are one dimensional with a few, easy to define traits. Round characters are fully developed characters with the complexities of a real person.

Parts of a Story (Elements of Fiction) Happy Character Analysis Various Character Graphic Organizers
Character Sheet and Traits List Character Comparison Sheet Character Map Girl
Character Map Boy Character Traits Character Map
Character Development Story Map Character Map (Upper Grades) Writing a Character Sketch
Graphic Organizer for Character Letter Character Relationships Web Getting Into Character
Character Trading Cards Character Traits Charting Characters
Another Character Trading Card    


Literary Element #2: Setting

Setting includes the place and the time period in which the story takes place.

Setting Comparison Setting Stage Setting Graphic Organizer
Setting Map Using Picture Books To Teach Setting Development Cooking Up a Good Setting


Literary Element #3: Plot

Plot is the structure of the action of a story. A plot has three main parts: rising action, climax, and falling action leading to a resolution or denouement. Plot is also define as the action or sequence of events in a story.
Parts of a Story (Elements of Fiction) Plot Structure Organizer Circle Plot Diagram
Plot Diagram Plot Graphic Organizer Plot Diagram
Plot Sheet and Conflict List Plot Lesson Plan Story Plot Flow Map
Plotting The Story Lesson Plot Lesson From Magic Treehouse Teaching Plot Structure Through Short Stories
The Craft of Circular Plot Using Picture Books to Teach Plot Problem & Solution Diagram
Follow the Clues Sequence of Events Story Train
Chain of Events Beginning/Middle/End Chain of Events


Literary Element #4: Theme

Theme is the main idea of the story, or the message the author is conveying. This message is usually about life, society or human nature.
Parts of a Story (Elements of Fiction) Theme Topic The Literary Element of Theme


Literary Element #5: Point of View

Point of view is the way an author chooses to tell (narrate) a story. It is sometimes called voice. There are two types of point of view: A story can be narrated by a character. This is called first person point of view. The words "I" and "we" are used by the narrator. A story can be told by a nameless central observer outside the story. This is called third person point of view. The words "he" and "she" are used by the narrator.
Parts of a Story (Elements of Fiction) Point of View Books for Teaching Point of View
Teaching Point of View    


Resources for all Story Literary Elements

The Elements of Fiction Story Map Story Map 2 Writing Parts of a Story
Story Map Story Mapping Literary Elements Map Story Organizer
Story Map Story Map 2 Story Map 3 Story Elements Map
Outline on Literary Elements Story Web Comprehension (34 Pages w/ lessons and reproducibles) Examining Story Elements Using Story Map Comic Strips
Story Literary Elements (Powerpoint Presentation) Story Elements Flashcards Story Elements Web Story Elements Reading Response
Story Elements The Story Map Story Element Activity Guide Story Elements
Interactive Story Map Circle Story Map Story Map Story Map