Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

Good morning/afternoon.

Remember that you need to tell me your topic for the Storytelling Speech today by the end of the period.

Today I want to talk about the idea of the Story Arc – a graphical representation (diagram) of the events of a story over time. I want you to be sure your story has all of the necessary elements. This will make your story complete, and it will help to make it long enough (3-4 minutes). Please take notes. 

Here is a great video of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., a great American author, explaining the story arcs of several well-known stories. Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, and I got a chance to see him many years ago when he gave this same presentation.

I want us to watch this so we get an idea of the elements of stories that we know so we can include them in our own storytelling speeches. You will make one of these for your story as well.


The page also includes excerpts from his book, Palm Sunday, with separate graphs.

I also want to talk about different kinds of conflicts in stories. Please Take Notes. You can take notes on paper or in Google Docs. 

Can you think of examples from stories or movies?

Person vs. Person
Person vs. Self
Person vs. Nature
Person vs. Society
Person vs. Technology
Person vs. The Supernatural
Person vs. Fate/God/gods

How would you characterize the conflict in your story? What does your Story Arc look like? How would you plot out the ups and downs of your story? Use this diagram to help you map out your story. I will give you a printed copy as well.

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