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Identifying Literary Elements

Identifying Literary Elements

Author: Dr. Michelle Hill

To identify literary elements of plot, theme, climax, conflict/resolution, characters (main and minor), and setting within various literary selections.

After viewing several videos and presentations, students should be able to identify literary elements within various selections.  

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This is a video on how to develop a plot in a story. In the process of developing plot, it also explains other literary elements.

Source: Fowles, A. (2010, September 12). Elements of Plot - Part One. Youtube. Retrieved September 9, 2012, from

Plot Lines For Narrative Writing

This is a video of a presentation on literary elements with an explanation of the elements using the slides and a song.

Source: "Plot Lines For Narrative Writing." Youtube., 23 Oct. 2009. Web. 9 Sept. 2012. .

The Elements of Plot

The definition of plot is presented while playing music.

Source: Kakifuarika. (2009, May 21). The elements of Plot. YouTube. Retrieved September 9, 2012, from

Identifying Plot

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This worksheet is narrative writing.