From The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood:
Most good stories, even unconventional ones, contain these classic story elements:
Setup: Three bears go for a walk while their porridge cools.
Complication: Blonde perpetrator breaks in.
Rising Action: Perp chows down, breaks a chair, gets some shut-eye.
Meanwhile: Bears get home and survey the wreckage.
Climax: Discovered in Baby Bear's bed, perp screams and flees.
Denouement: Bears live happily ever after.
Yes, Gusty, this is one of the 145 writing books I own because of you.