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Interpreting Fiction

Ms. Hobbs

Interpreting Fiction. Copyright 2016-17

Plot Elements
Plot- events in a story
Usually told in order
First, Second, Third, etc.

Conflict- problem
Conflict is:
Between characters
Within a character
Between a character & nature
When conflict resolves, tension ends

Interpreting Fiction. Copyright 2016-17

How is a Plot Structured?

Interpreting Fiction. Copyright 2016-17

Read between the lines
Based on information you are given
Plus, what you have learned about the real world

A character has a diaper in her hand, spit-up on her shirt, and a bottle
warming on the counter.
We can infer that she is a mother
Your friend walks past you without smiling. Her head is hanging
down. She wipes a tear away from her eye, and looks at her report
You can infer that

Interpreting Fiction. Copyright 2016-17

Characters-the people who inhabit a story.
Narrator- the person telling the story
Give information about:
Character personalities

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Every story has a subject
Example: fighting in a war

Theme- the message the author wants the reader to understand

In fiction- often is a statement about life
Example: Fighting in a war changes a persons life forever

The theme may or may not be stated

If not stated, infer or read between the lines from these clues
Characters thoughts
Characters actions
Things that happen in the story

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Style & Point of View
Individual characteristics that a writer chooses
Sentence structure
Word Choice
Use of images, etc.

Point of View
First Person (point of view)
Narrator is a character in the story
Reports only what he/she thinks
Third Person (point of view)
Narrator is outside the story
Is watching the action and revealing the thoughts/feelings of the characters
Interpreting Fiction. Copyright 2016-17
Figurative Language
Refers to words that are being used to mean something other
than their actual or literal meaning.
Paints a mental picture in the readers mind
His voice was like velvet instead of His voice was soothing and
Often compares two different things
Like and As
o She was a beautiful as a sunset
o Adam ran like a bolt a lightning
Give a human characteristic to something nonhuman
The wind sighed
Interpreting Fiction. Copyright 2016-17
Language Arts: Things to Do
First, watch Fiction videos below this presentation.
These will help you to understand the sections just
Second, do Fiction Practice Questions
Page 114-117
16 questions
Time yourself. 25 minutes
Check answers in back of book
Lastly, Study for GED Practice Test next week!!! Were
doing the Language Arts section on May 23rd!
Interpreting Fiction. Copyright 2016-17