Essential elements of story
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Essential elements of story

Season
Unit 1 Media
Unit
australian stories
Episode
exploring australian stories

What are the minimal things needed to tell a story?

Generally, the following elements are what are needed in order to have a story.

Character

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A story usually has a central character – a protagonist – and invites you to identify with them. A character needs to want something – or to have motivation. Without this, not much is going to happen in the story.

Journey

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A character needs to go on a journey. They start somewhere and end somewhere else. This is a series of connected events called the β€˜cause and effect’ chain.

Transformation

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Every story is about change. What a protagonist changes into – or learns by the end of the story – links to the moral, or message, of the story.

✍️ Activity

Choose one of the following films and explain the story's character, journey and transformation.

πŸ¦Έβ€β™‚οΈ Iron Man (2008)

Resources / Worksheets

Y11 Australian Stories essential elements of story.docx224.7KB
What makes up a story.pptx28363.4KB