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Basics on the topic Compare and Contrast: Plots

Story plots are made up of an introduction, build-up, climax, resolution and conclusion. In this video, we can learn about how to compare story plots by looking at each of these elements.

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Compare and contrast: plots "Alright everyone listen up, I'm going to tell you all about the time I rescued Zayd.” "Not this again Ari!" "I remember it like it was yesterday. Zayd was in big trouble. Even though it wasn't easy, I stayed strong. I faced the biggest battle I ever had to face, and conquered! I used my wand to transform the villain. At last, Zayd was free!" "Ari, that's not what happened, I rescued you! Remember!? I remember it like it was yesterday. Ari was in big trouble. Saving them was difficult, but I'm always up for a challenge. Vincent Van Bone didn't stand a chance! I used my power to transform the villain. At last, Ari was free!” Ari and Zayd both told a story about rescuing each other. Each story had its own plot or the events that make up a story. The plot of a story is made up of these five elements: The beginning of the story, where the characters, setting, and problem are introduced; the build up, the events that lead towards the climax of the story; the climax, or the turning point of a story where the conflict of the plot reaches its peak; the resolution, the events after the climax where things are resolved which is the conclusion of a story. We're going to compare and contrast each plot from their stories using this comparison chart. First, let's look at each introduction and think: how are they similar? Both stories have the same setting and each character needs rescuing. Now think: how are they different? In Ari's story, Zayd is captured but in Zayd's story, Ari is captured. Next, let's look at each build up and think: how are they similar? Both characters have to overcome the villain Vincent Van Bone. We don't have any differences, so let's look at each climax and think: how are they similar? Both characters use their special skills on the villain. Now think: how are they different? Ari uses their wand and Zayd uses his powers. Next, let's look at each resolution and think: how are they similar? Both characters transform the villain, so we can add 'and transform' to our earlier observation. We don't have any differences, so let's look at each conclusion and think: how are they similar? In both plots, the characters get rescued. Now think: how are they different? In Ari's story, they are the hero but in Zayd's story, he is the hero. Before we see what's happening at the campfire, let's summarise! Remember, the plot is all the events that make up a story and it is made up of five elements: the introduction, build up, climax, resolution and the conclusion. We can compare and contrast the five elements of a plot using a comparison chart. In order to do that, we look at each element and think: ‘how are they similar?’ and record it under both. Then, we look at each element again and think: 'how are they different?' and record the differences under each plot. "Vincent Van Bone is that you!? Uh oh, it looks like there's another version of the story to tell…”