Essential elements of story

Essential elements of story

Unit 1 Media
australian stories
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.



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.



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.



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.

🦁 The Wizard of Oz (1939)

πŸŒ• Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

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