3 Exposition What is in the exposition? Introduction of the main characters and setting
4 Rising Action What is in the rising action? The initial conflict (problem), followed by events that lead up to the climax
5 Climax The moment of the highest interest and the greatest emotion Turning point toward the resolution of the problemWhat is the climax?
6 Falling ActionEvents that happen after the climax happens and lead to the story's endWhat is in the falling action?
7 ResolutionWhat is the resolution?End or conclusion of the story
8 Theme The main message, moral, or lesson of a story What is theme? Examples:Friendships are more important than winningBeing kind is more important than being rightWhat is theme?
9 Characterization What is characterization? The way an author reveals the characters’ personalities.Use STEAL to understand a character!Speech: What does the character say? How does the character speak?Thoughts: What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts and feelings?Effect: How do other characters feel about this character?Actions: What does the character do? How does the character behave?Looks: What does the character look like? How does the character dress?What is characterization?