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Plot Mountain!

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.

Lyrics

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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