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Write a story about something that actually happened, or create a fictional story. Use the following structure: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.

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In order to help you with your assignment, let's look at the structure in an already existing story.

The exposition is the introduction, in which the characters and setting are set up. In the popular children's fairy tale about the Three Little Pigs, the exposition would include the three pigs going off on their own and building their houses out of hay, sticks, and brick.

The rising action contains the events leading up to the climax. This would include the wolf visiting the first two pigs, blowing their houses down, and chasing them to the third pig's brick house.

The climax is the turning point, or when the drama comes to a peak. In our tale, the climax is when the wolf climbs up to go down the chimney, only for the pig to build a fire in the fireplace.

The resolution is the conclusion of the story and how everything wraps up following the climax. Depending on the different versions of this children's tale, the resolution would be the wolf climbing back up the chimney to escape the fire and running away from the pigs forever, or the wolf falling into the pot in the fireplace and being cooked in the pigs' stew.

It sounds like you have lots of freedom in your assignment, as you are allowed to create a fictional story or write about something that actually happened. You might find it easier to write a story similar to a fairy tale, as they very clearly follow the story structure. Or you might find it easier to write about something that actually happened to you, if you're having trouble coming up with a brand new idea. Easier yet might be finding inspiration in something that actually happened, and then embellishing it to ensure it fits into this structure, with a climax and resolution.

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