Literary Elements (Parts of a Story) – Video and Worksheet


Today,
you’re going to learn about literary elements
or parts of a story. As you watch the video,
print the worksheet and use it to take notes
and practice what you learn. So what is a literary element? Well, element means
a part of something, and literary means about
literature or stories. So a literary element
is a part of a story. In this video,
we’re going to learn about eight literary elements,
setting, characters, plot, conflict, narrator,
theme, mood, and tone. I’m going to give you a
definition and an example of each literary element from the movie and
book Finding Nemo. The main goal for this video is to give
you a basic introduction to each one and help you
identify the literary elements within a story. Each literary element
has many details and some complex information, but in this video, we’re
covering just the basics to introduce you to teach one. The first literary element we’re going to learn
today is setting. The setting is when and
where a story takes place. As an example, the setting
for the story Finding Nemo was in the Pacific Ocean in modern
times around the year 2003. How do we know that the
setting was the Pacific Ocean? Did the movie say that? Did the book say that? It didn’t. We know that the story took
place in the Pacific Ocean because Nemo began in the
ocean near the United States and ended up crossing
the ocean to Australia. The ocean between
the United States and Australia is
the Pacific Ocean, and how do we know
that the year was 2003? Not all stories or
movies tell the year. The story and movie Nemo
doesn’t tell the year, but we know it’s 2003
because that’s when the movie and the book were
released or published. The next literary element
we’ll study is characters. Characters are people
and animals in the story. As an example, the characters in the movie Finding Nemo
included Nemo, Marlin, his father, and Dory, a friend
who helps Marlin find Nemo. There were other
characters in the movie, but these three were
the main characters. Our next literary
element is plot. A plot includes important
events and actions in the story. For example, in Finding Nemo, three important plot events
include that Nemo gets lost. Then his father Marlin
searches for him and eventually finds him. The plot includes more
events than these three, but these three are
the most important. Number four, conflict. The conflict of a story is
the big problem to solve. For example, in Finding Nemo, the conflict is
that Nemo is lost. Number five is narrator. The narrator is the
person telling the story. Remember that the narrator is
not the same as the author. The author creates a narrator
to tell the story to readers. Most movies don’t
have a narrator. Books do have a narrator. The narrator of the book
Finding Nemo sees the story but isn’t part of the action. The movie Finding Nemo
doesn’t have a narrator. Number six, theme. A theme is the story’s
message about life. Sometimes, stories have
more than one theme. For example, in Finding Nemo, one of the themes is
that fear is an obstacle to goals and wishes. The message is fight your fears. That will help you
accomplish goals and wishes like Nemo did. Number seven is mood. The mood is how the story
feels for the reader. Some stories, for example,
feel happy, sad, or scary. For example, the mood of the story Finding
Nemo is tense or stressful. The obstacles are scary, so the reader is often
worried about Nemo. Number eight, tone. The author’s tone shows
the author’s attitude or opinion toward
details in the story. The tone can be positive,
negative, sarcastic, sad, etc. Feeling an author’s tone is
like hearing a speaker’s tone. The way a person speaks
about a topic shows how he or she feels about it. For example, in the book
Finding Nemo, the author writes, “But today was Nemo’s
first day of school. “He was very excited!” Imagine the author
saying these words. If we do this, we can feel
that the author’s tone toward Nemo is positive. Basically, this means that the author likes
the character of Nemo. Now let’s practice
identifying literary elements. The story Crime and
Punishment takes place in the 1860s in Russia. Most events happen in the
city of St. Petersburg, and others take place
in a prison in Siberia. Number one, this
information describes the, A, mood, B, setting,
or C conflict. Choose the answer, and we’ll
check the answers in a moment. In the story Prisoner
B-3087, the narrator says, “But it was too late. “The Germans were here. “If I had only known
then what I know now, “I would have run.” Number two, his what is
pessimistic and scary. A, setting, B, tone,
or C, conflict. In Harry Potter, Harry, Ron,
and Hermine are the people who make important decisions
and actions in the story. Number three, Harry, Ron,
and Hermine are the main, A, characters, B,
mood, or C, plot. In Hunger Games, the main
character Katniss says, “It doesn’t change anything. “It doesn’t make things fair. “It doesn’t fill our stomachs.” Number four, these words
form a sad and desperate, A, setting, B, mood, or C, plot. In Twilight, Edward is a
vampire who loves Bella. Edward wants to
be close to Bella, but he is afraid
he will hurt her. Number five, this describes
the what of the story. A, plot, B, conflict, or C mood. In The Kitchen God’s Wife, Pearl is born in America and
raised by immigrant parents who follow traditional
Chinese customs. Number six, in this story, one what is that a person can
have two different cultures and love and value both of them. A, conflict, B,
theme, or C, mood. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo Montague and Juliet
Capulet meet at a party and fall in love, but their
families hate each other. Romeo, Juliet, and other
characters take actions that result in a tragic
ending to the story. Number seven, these
are some actions in the what of the story, A, setting, B,
conflict, or C, plot. The story Catcher in the
Rye by J.D. Salinger is told by the main character of
the story, Holden Caulfield. Number eight, Holden Caulfield
is the what of the story. A, theme, B, tone,
or C, narrator. Pause the video if you need
to fill in any answers, and then we’ll check
the answers in a moment. Are you ready to check? The answer to number
one is B, setting. We know that these details
describe the setting because the setting is the
time and place of the story. The time of this
story is the 1860s, and the places
are St. Petersburg and a prison in
Siberia in Russia. The answer to number
two is B, tone. We know the answer
can’t be A, setting, because these words
don’t tell us anything about the time or
place of the story, and we know the answer
can’t be C, conflict, because these words don’t
tell us about the problem of the story that
needs to be solved. So the only correct
answer is B, tone. The answer to number three is A. Harry, Ron, and
Hermine are the people in the story Harry Potter, so that makes them
the characters. The correct answer to
number four is A, mood. We know this is the answer because as we read
these words by Katniss, these words create certain
emotions or feelings for the reader. We know that the answer
can’t be B, conflict, because no problem is
told in these words that needs to be
solved in the story, and we know the answer
can’t be C, plot, because no events or actions
in the story are stated in these words. So the only possible
answer is A, mood. The answer to number
five is B, conflict. We know this is the answer
because these words explain to us the problem that
needs to be solved in the story Twilight. What is the problem? The problem is that
Edward is a monster, specifically a vampire, who
loves Bella but might hurt her. Because Bella and
Edward fall in love by the end of the story, they have to solve the problem
that Edward might hurt her if he is close to her. We know that the
answer is not A, plot, because these words don’t
tell us any events or actions that take place in the story, and we know that the
answer isn’t C, mood, because these words
tell us a problem. They might also make us
feel certain emotions, but the statement
tells us the problem in the story that
needs to be solved. So the only possible
answer is B, conflict. The answer to number
six is B, theme. We know this is the answer
because these words explain to us one message about life that The Kitchen God’s
Wife teaches readers. The message it
teaches readers is a person can have two
different cultures and love and value both of them. We know that the answer
is not A, conflict, because these words
don’t tell us a problem that needs to be solved, and it’s not C, mood, because these words
don’t make a reader feel certain emotions. Rather, these words
state a lesson or message that readers learn about life. The answer to number
seven is C, plot. The reason we know that
this is the answer is because these sentences tell
us three events that happen in the story. We know that the answer
is not A, setting, because setting would tell
us the time and place, and these sentences
do not give us details about the time and place. We know that the answer
is not B, conflict, because even though we get
information about problems for the characters, we don’t know the main problem that the characters need to
solve by the end of the story. We know events and actions
that take place in the story, so for number seven, the
correct answer is C, plot. The answer to number
eight is C, narrator. We know this is
the correct answer because the sentence tells
us who’s telling the story, and who is telling the story? Holden Caulfield. He’s also the main
character of the story. That’s not unusual for the main character
to also be the narrator. We know that the
answer can’t be theme because this sentence doesn’t
really tell us a message or a lesson about life, and we know that the
answer isn’t B, tone, because this sentence
just tells us details about the narrator
and main character. It doesn’t indicate
how the author feels about that character. So the only possible
answer is C. The end. Our lesson on literary
elements for today is complete. I hope this video
helped you understand what literary elements are and
to identify them in stories. Thank you for watching.

28 thoughts on “Literary Elements (Parts of a Story) – Video and Worksheet

  1. Thank You so much ! i really want to see the fastest way to know cuz i didnt study and i think that i will not make it when i see your video i say "oh its easy NOW I KNOW! :D"

  2. Yes! I got 7/8. I failed no 4. My first time to come across literature. Great video. Thanks so much. 👍❤️

  3. Guessing the work's setting by the year the book/movie was published? That's confusing😵. So there's no chance of all this happening before 2003. The certainty is disturbing😟…
    But overall, a GREAT video… Highly appreciated👏🤗

  4. Mam your videos are so helpful and easy to grasp…pls continue to make such video related to enlish literature…

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