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  • Hello everybody, welcome to the next presentation. Today we are going to talk about

  • story elements.

  • Although "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is really non-fiction and an autobiography,.

  • Maya Angelou did say that some of the stories

  • were fiction that she made up within the autobiography, so before we start the

  • PowerPoint, I'm going to shut my picture off, so you can pay attention to the PPT. and not my

  • beautiful face. OK this is

  • PPT. we are going to go over about story elements again about story elements. And

  • today, we are going to talk about story elements even though most of them

  • are when to talk about elements of fiction

  • even though

  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is non-fiction she does have

  • fiction in it. I'm repeating myself, but I wanted to make sure we did that.

  • Again, she had written an autobiography

  • If I can just spell it here

  • autobiography- which means it's a book she wrote about

  • herself.

  • On the slide we see Setting. Setting is the Time and Location.

  • Where is the novel taking place? We're going to find out that it takes place

  • in the South and as you do the reading for this week

  • you will understand that in the time that the book was written and in the

  • location the South life was not too good for black people

  • for African-Americans. So, that's why I assigned the

  • readings I have to activate prior your knowledge so that you have a better understanding

  • of what Maya was going through as she grew up where she grew up.

  • To further explain this, we can look at setting:

  • A- place and B- time, which we have already spoken about. Then we have weather conditions,

  • social conditions, mood, or atmosphere. What I really want to concentrate

  • is on D- the social conditions.

  • And again, as we read through

  • the literature to activate of our knowledge

  • will understand the hardships that she and other people

  • of her color had to endure. Next we have

  • "Plot" Plot is the beginning, the middle, and the end. If we go to a movie, we expect to see a beginning

  • and a middle.

  • If the movie were to cut off twenty minutes before the end of the

  • movie and we didnt see the end, we'd all be a little upset

  • the plot is very important. What does the plot entail or contain?

  • Here you have the introduction the beginning,

  • the rising action, where the conflict

  • really starting to get good, and the climax where everything

  • happens comes to end, the falling

  • action is what happens after we have we the climax

  • how things start to unravel themselves

  • or begin to resolve themselves, and then we have the conclusion.

  • As you reading through "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

  • make sure you pay attention to this because in the discussion boards you will have to answer questions

  • pertaining to these 5 things. Next we have the Characters.

  • They break this down into 2 points 1- the person in a work of fiction.

  • excuse me, or as I said here

  • this is basically an autobiography but we are going to have characters and then 2-

  • The characteristics of a person. What are they like? Then we are going go into a little further

  • description on the next slide of

  • round or dynamic characters etc. Characters can be broken down into three

  • points

  • 1- Individual may be the round many-sided. They have

  • complex personality. I think as you read the

  • novel. you will find out that Maya, or in the book her name is

  • Marguerite; she is very complex. 2-Developing

  • their dynamic,they have a lot of personalities- they are going through change.

  • We may like some of the changes and we may not. 3- Static

  • it's the stereotype this person is not going to change at all.

  • They're just going to stay the same. Let's go to the next slide.

  • "Conflict" Conflict is what happens with towards the end of the

  • novel, or toward the end of the

  • movie; it's when everything comes to a head or a point. 1- External you can

  • have an external conflict which means something's happening to you on the

  • outside? 2- Internal are you growing, are you going

  • through something inside, are you depressed? Or maybe you

  • overcoming an addiction? Maybe in some novels

  • the main character has to overcome both Internal and External Conflicts.

  • Conflicts can be broken down into 4 types you can have 1- Man against Man or

  • Woman against Woman, which is the physical.

  • 2- Man vs. Circumstances- what's going on is it

  • their fate? But, what's going on in their lives? Can they

  • over come it? 3- Man/or Woman vs. Society

  • Are they slaves trying to overcome

  • slavery? Are they gay people who want

  • equal rights or who want to marry? 4-

  • Man vs. Himself/Herself are they having struggles within? This has to do with the internal

  • conflicts that many people go through. On the next

  • slide, we have the "Theme." The Theme is the overall

  • controlling idea. It's almost like the topic sentence of a essay. What is the author want us to take away from this?

  • What are they trying to get across overall? Here are some common themes that

  • we can see in books and movies. The 1- Things are not always as they appear to be

  • 2- Love is blind 3- Believe in yourself 4- People are afraid of change

  • 5- Don't judge a book by its cover

  • These are some very common Themes that we see in movies, TV and

  • books that we read. Then we have the "Point of View"

  • Whose eyes are we seeing this story through? Is it a Innocent Eye

  • maybe from a child? Stream Conscious-

  • listening to the head or emotions to one of

  • the characters go through. Is it told

  • First Person Do we see I I I. It's a autobiography

  • the book we're reading, so maybe it's in first-person. Is it

  • Omniscient, excuse me, Which means does the narrator

  • know everything that's going on? Are they all powerful?

  • Do they know what everyone is thinking?

  • Then we have the Omniscient Limited and that's told in 3rd

  • person. And they don't know what's going on.

  • They only know what they know from their Point of View. Okay, I hope you

  • understand and I think most of you knew these elements of

  • literacy anyway or fiction and

  • this is the bibliography or what we would call it for our MLA formatting

  • work cited. So always give credit if you borrow things. Okay, I hope this presentation helped.

  • Please watch it or review if you need to again because

  • you will see questions on the next quiz. Thank you.

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