Narrative arc is the structure of a story, from beginning to end. It includes elements such as rising action, climax, and resolution. It is important for stories to have a narrative arc to keep readers engaged.
Narrative Arc: Story Structure
The Narrative Arc is a structure used to organize a story. It includes five parts: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Exposition is the beginning of the story where the characters, setting, and main conflict are introduced. Rising action includes all of the incidents in the story that build up to the climax. The climax is the turning point of the story when the main conflict reaches its highest point before the resolution. Falling action occurs after the turning point where the action begins to wrap up. The resolution is when all of the questions in the story have been answered and the problems have been solved.
The narrative arc is a story structure used in most ancient Greek tragedies. It consists of five parts: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. The narrative arc is also sometimes referred to as the 'hero's journey', because it is the journey of a hero or protagonist from problem to resolution. Many video games use the narrative arc structure to create an engaging and immersive experience for the player.
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What is the purpose of a narrative arc?
How does the structure of a narrative arc impact the story?
How can descriptive details help create a compelling narrative arc?
Brain break: Draw a smiling sun with a mustache wearing a pair of bright red boots
What is the first element of a narrative arc?
- Falling action
What is the final element of a narrative arc?
- Rising action
'The most exciting part of the story' refers to which element of a narrative arc?
Which part(s) of the narrative arc are responsible for building tension and suspense in a story?
- Rising action and climax
- Exposition and resolution
Which stage in the Narrative Arc typically features events that create obstacles or challenges to be overcome by the protagonist?
- Rising Action
- Falling Action
Work together in pairs: What are your takeaways from this lesson?