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[Teacher-talknovel] In Search of the Novel #2.

From: Lindsay Ball <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:49:09 -0700

What is a story? Do the elements of a story make up the story? Is it
important for students to understand the parts of a story or just the

A story is more than a series of events. A story takes events and adds
beautiful details to make it entertaining, educational, or even funny. The
plot, setting, and characters are intertwined to create a story. Each
piece can affect how much a reader enjoys it.

I have taught the elements of a story for many years. I think students get
the basic idea, but how can I help them understand how each element adds to
the story itself. The setting can add so much to the plot. The plot
cannot be separated from the characters. They all work together.


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