EVEN A COMIC STRIP has all the elements of in a plot diagram. Take a look at this Calvin and Hobbescartoon.


Exposition is at the very beginning of the story. The reader learns about the main character, the setting and the conflict.

Climax The Rising Action builds up to a climax. The climax is the most important part of the story. In the climax the main character comes face-to-face with the major conflict/problem of the story. The climax of a story will usually have some effect on the main character. He/She will be changed in some way, even if they have not been able to overcome the conflict. (While the rising action comes before the climax…it is often helpful to identify the climax first).

Rising Action is the main events in a story leading up to the climax. These main events may build suspense. They keep the reader interested, wondering what will happen next. An author does not want the story to be too predictable.

Falling Action usually occurs after the main climax. The main character manages to get out of trouble. Falling Action may be the additional events that 'take the reader to the end of the story.

Resolution is how the story finally ends. Any loose ends in the plot caused by the climax are taken care of in the resolution. The resolution is the conclusion of the story. It brings the story to a believable ending.
Spaceman Spiff Plot Diagram.pdf