The Plot Diagram song will help you increase your storytelling power and learn the elements of the plot. A ‘plot mountain’ diagram is often used when learning storytelling or teaching story elements. This video is a very useful introduction to story and plot elements, and a must for your English lesson or Language Arts class! The lyrics are below.
If you’re going to Plot Mountain You gotta start somewhere
We’ll call this the INTRODUCTION And guess happens there?
You describe the characters and the settings That’s the who, what, when, and where
The characters are the people that are there What do they look like, why should we care?
And the setting is the place where they be What exactly do the characters see?
On their way to Plot Mountain
At the start of Plot Mountain You’re gonna have to go up
We call this the RISING ACTION And here starts the plot
There’s a conflict in the story You should describe exactly what
Like a character has a problem to work through With themselves or the world, what should they do?
Or maybe there’s some big arguments Or some dramatic natural events
On the way up Plot Mountain
Keep on going up Plot Mountain Until you reach the top
We call this the CLIMAX And here you cannot stop!
You must face the biggest problem That leads to a turning point
Here the story is the most intense With emotions, drama, and suspense
But action like this cannot stay The story must change and go a different way
On the top of Plot Mountain
After the top of Plot Mountain You’re going to start to go down
We call this the FALLING ACTION And it lasts until flat ground
There’s still action in the story But it will start to slow down
So the worst is over, the worst is through, But now what will the characters do?
There are still some problems, how long will they last?
Don’t forget the ending is coming fast
On the way down Plot Mountain
After climbing down Plot Mountain Well it’s gotta end somewhere
We call this the RESOLUTION And what will happen there?
You should answer all the questions Until you are aware:
That the conflicts in the story from before Aren’t there any more
Unless there’s gonna be a sequel or part 2
And then you’ll have to think what will the characters do?
The next time on Plot Mountain!
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