All About Plot

Working out what goes where

Series 1 | Lesson 4

Creators | Mat Larkin & Lili Wilkinson

Learn about putting all the story pieces together.

We’ll hear from some writers about how they decide WHAT goes WHERE, or the basics of story structure.

And we’ll learn how we can make our stories unfold in an interesting, and satisfying way.

Key Concepts:

  • A more in-depth exploration of plot
  • Building upon the five story ‘building blocks’ from Lesson 3
  • A basic story model known as The Three-Act structure
  • How to use the Three-Act Structure as a tool to organise and develop their story elements

Take Aways:

  • Insight and tips for what to do when students are struggling with planning their stories
  • Students will be inspired to think holistically about the shape of the story plots they read and write

Resources for All About Plot

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students,

each with their own activities and supporting resources.

  • How the Three-Act Structure works, and how to organise story ideas into this basic story outline
  • Using the Three-Act Structure to help students think about some of the interesting, exciting, weird, or alarming things that could happen to their character in a story
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"A great resource that taps into industry experts to break down the key elements of story writing - plus activities that are easy roll out!"

- Amelia, Primary & Secondary educator

About All About Plot Creators

Mat Larkin

Mat writes children’s adventure stories with heart.

After starting out on the Zac Power junior fiction series, his debut middle-grade novel, The Orchard Underground, was voted Best Children’s Book of 2018 by Readings Books customers.

Mat lives on Wurundjeri land in Naarm-Melbourne. He’s working on more books, and for the last time, he didn’t invent chips.

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Lili Wilkinson

Lili is the author of sixteen books, including Green Valentine, After the Lights Go Out and Clancy the Quokka.

Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and now spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers.

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