Elements of Story


                                      An educational Webquest designed for 3rd graders about (Elements of Story)

                                                                            Prepared by :Sanaa AlJabari




This WebQuest is created to direct student's attention to identify story elements found in narrative and to illustrate understanding of narrative structure. Students will be able to analyze any story according to its elements


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What is a Story?

What are the Elements of Story?

How can we find these elements in any given story?

story is the telling of an event, either true or fictional, in such a way that the listener experiences or learns something just by the fact that he heard the story. A story is a means of transferring information, experience, attitude, or point of view. Every story has a teller and a listener.

story has five basic but important elements. These five components are the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict, and the theme. These essential elements keep the story running smoothly and allow the action to develop in a logical way that the reader can follow.  

Let us check how can we find these elements in a given story.


Read this short story and let us identify the story elements together.


                                                Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perraul


Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a village near the forest.  Whenever she went out, the little girl wore a red riding cloak, so everyone in the village called her Little Red Riding Hood.

One morning, Little Red Riding Hood asked her mother if she could go to visit her grandmother as it had been awhile since they'd seen each other.

"That's a good idea," her mother said.  So they packed a nice basket for Little Red Riding Hood to take to her grandmother.

When the basket was ready, the little girl put on her red cloak and kissed her mother goodbye.

"Remember, go straight to Grandma's house," her mother cautioned.  "Don't dawdle along the way and please don't talk to strangers!  The woods are dangerous."

"Don't worry, mommy," said Little Red Riding Hood, "I'll be careful."

Little Red Riding Hood Story

But when Little Red Riding Hood noticed some lovely flowers in the woods, she forgot her promise to her mother.  She picked a few, watched the butterflies flit about for a while, listened to the frogs croaking, and then picked a few more. 

Little Red Riding Hood was enjoying the warm summer day so much, that she didn't notice a dark shadow approaching out of the forest behind her...

Suddenly, the wolf appeared beside her.

"What are you doing out here, little girl?" the wolf asked in a voice as friendly as he could muster.

"I'm on my way to see my Grandma who lives through the forest, near the brook,"  Little Red Riding Hood replied.

Then she realized how late she was and quickly excused herself, rushing down the path to her Grandma's house. 

The wolf, a little out of breath from running, arrived at Grandma's and knocked lightly at the door.

"Oh thank goodness dear!  Come in, come in!  I was worried sick that something had happened to you in the forest," said Grandma thinking that the knock was her granddaughter.

The wolf let himself in.  Poor Granny did not have time to say another word, before the wolf gobbled her up!

The wolf let out a satisfied burp, and then poked through Granny's wardrobe to find a nightgown that he liked.  He added a frilly sleeping cap, and for good measure, dabbed some of Granny's perfume behind his pointy ears.

A few minutes later, Red Riding Hood knocked on the door.  The wolf jumped into bed and pulled the covers over his nose.  "Who is it?" he called in a cackly voice.

"It's me, Little Red Riding Hood."

"Oh how lovely!  Do come in, my dear," croaked the wolf.

When Little Red Riding Hood entered the little cottage, she could scarcely recognize her Grandmother.

"Grandmother!  Your voice sounds so odd.  Is something the matter?" she asked.

"Oh, I just have a touch of a cold," squeaked the wolf adding a cough at the end to prove the point.

"But Grandmother!  What big ears you have," said Little Red Riding Hood as she edged closer to the bed.

"The better to hear you with, my dear," replied the wolf.

"But Grandmother!  What big eyes you have," said Little Red Riding Hood.

"The better to see you with, my dear," replied the wolf.

"But Grandmother!  What big teeth you have," said Little Red Riding Hood her voice quivering slightly.

"The better to eat you with, my dear," roared the wolf and he leapt out of the bed and began to chase the little girl.

Almost too late, Little Red Riding Hood realized that the person in the bed was not her Grandmother, but a hungry wolf.

She ran across the room and through the door, shouting, "Help!  Wolf!" as loudly as she could.

A woodsman who was chopping logs nearby heard her cry and ran towards the cottage as fast as he could.

He grabbed the wolf and made him spit out the poor Grandmother who was a bit frazzled by the whole experience, but still in one piece."Oh Grandma, I was so scared!"  sobbed Little Red Riding Hood, "I'll never speak to strangers or dawdle in the forest again."

"There, there, child.  You've learned an important lesson.  Thank goodness you shouted loud enough for this kind woodsman to hear you!"

The woodsman knocked out the wolf and carried him deep into the forest where he wouldn't bother people any longer.

Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother had a nice lunch and a long chat.


"Little Red Riding Hood" is a European fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf  . Its origins can be traced back to the 17th century to several European folk tales, including one from Italy.

1- Who are the characters in this story?

The characters are people and animals in the story.

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The Wolf


Little red riding hood and mother

The woodsman


2- What is the setting in the story?

The setting is the time and the place in the story.


Place (where)

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In the morning

Granny house                                 The wood


3- What is the plot of the story?

The plot is the sequence of events in any story. The plot is the chain of connected events that make up a narrative. It refers to what actually occurs in a story it has some subparts like introduction, rising actions, climax, falling actions, and resolution or end.

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4- What is the conflict in this story?

The conflict is the problem that is faced by the main characters.

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The conflict in this story is that the Little Red Riding Hood is being chased by the wolf and he pretended to be her granny he tried to eat her.

5- What is the theme in the story?

The theme of the story is the message the reader got, it is the lesson or lessons we learned from the story.

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In this story we have three themes :

-always obeying one's parents 

-strangers are not always trustworthy

- pay attention to the internal warnings and act on them.


Now read this short story then use the graphic organizer to check your understanding.

                                                     The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Once upon a time, there lived a shepherd boy who was bored watching his flock of sheep on the hill. To amuse himself, he shouted, “Wolf! Wolf! The sheep are being chased by the wolf!” The villagers came running to help the boy and save the sheep. They found nothing and the boy just laughed looking at their angry faces.

“Don’t cry ‘wolf’ when there’s no wolf boy!”, they said angrily and left. The boy just laughed at them.

After a while, he got bored and cried ‘wolf!’ again, fooling the villagers a second time. The angry villagers warned the boy a second time and left. The boy continued watching the flock. After a while, he saw a real wolf and cried loudly, “Wolf! Please help! The wolf is chasing the sheep. Help!”

But this time, no one turned up to help. By evening, when the boy didn’t return home, the villagers wondered what happened to him and went up the hill. The boy sat on the hill weeping. “Why didn’t you come when I called out that there was a wolf?” he asked angrily. “The flock is scattered now”, he said.

An old villager approached him and said, “People won’t believe liars even when they tell the truth. We’ll look for your sheep tomorrow morning. Let’s go home now”.

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Story Element

find in the story




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You are able to mention all characters in the story.



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You are able to identify the time and place in the story.



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You are able to mention the order of events from the start, the climax to the resolution of the story.




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You are able to state that problem faced by the main character.



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You can state the lesson you learned from the story, the message of it.



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Put 5 points for each if you recognize each of the story elements.


Teacher Page

by Sanaa Aljabari, GHS Elementary school

Elements of story is a WebQuest designed for 3rd graders.

Teacher Introduction

This lesson was designed for 3rd graders who are looking for information about short stories. Students always have an interest in telling stories and of course analyzing them. This WebQuest includes explanations about the Elements of the story with many examples and applications. Also, it includes links to important and interesting stories that will be useful for students to read and analyze.