Story Grammar

All stories have certain key elements.  They are characters, setting, plot, and conclusion.  As you read, try to complete the story grammar chart.  You can also use it to outline a story you are planning to write.

Name ___________________________

Title  ______________________________

Setting:  Where does the story take place?  Use all of your senses to describe the setting: what it looks likes, sounds like, smells like, tastes like, feels like...  In historical fiction, you also need to talk about the time the story takes place - were there knights in shinning armor or cowboys and pioneers?



Characters:  Who is in your story?  Are there real people from the past, such as George Washington or are they made up people?  Stories often have main characters - those who are very involved in the story, and other characters who are minor characters, or not so involved.  They also have dynamic characters - characters who change over the course of the book and static characters - characters who stay the same.  Use this chart to help you identify the characters.

  Real Characters Fictitious Characters Dynamic Characters Static Characters
Main Characters  




Minor Characters  





Character Sketch: Write a description about one of the characters.  What does he/she look like, wear, eat, like to do, favorite saying, best friends, dislike most, etc.


Plot: The plot is the action in the story, it usually has a problem or a conflict.  Use this chart to help you write about the plot.










Conclusion:  The conclusion tells about how the problems or conflict is solved.  It tells us what happened.