“The Dog of Pompeii” Essential Question: How would the story’s resolution be different if Bimbo and Tito were different?
Plot Structure • Label your plot diagram now.
Exposition What is in the exposition? • Introduction of the main characters and setting
Rising Action What is in the rising action? • The initial conflict (problem), followed by events that lead up to the climax
Climax • The moment of the highest interest and the greatest emotion • Turning point toward the resolution of the problem What is the climax?
Falling Action • Events that happen after the climax happens and lead to the story's end What is in the falling action?
Resolution What is the resolution? • End or conclusion of the story
Theme • The main message, moral, or lesson of a story • Examples: • Friendships are more important than winning • Being kind is more important than being right What is theme?
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?