chapter  9
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Middles, ends, beginnings: structure

If I were coming into a classroom at this point, rather than the start of thischapter, I would begin by dividing my students into groups of three, and then, before any other discussion, I would set them this task (which of course you can attempt on your own, before you read on):

52. Story vs plot

Within your group discuss the terms ‘story’ and ‘plot’ and attempt to come up with:

a. a one-sentence definition of ‘story’ b. three characteristics of a story c. a one-sentence definition of ‘plot’

The middle person in each group is the scribe. After fifteen minutes, report your conclusions to the rest of the class.