1. Did you read your story out loud?
2. Did you double check your spelling?
3. Did you capitalize and punctuate correctly?
4. Did you use interesting vocabulary?
5. Did you write a good beginning and ending? 

Polliwog Pages

Splash into Writing

12

​CLIMBING to the PEAK

You know the part of the book - the part where it's so exciting that you CAN'T put it down. It's the most important part of the whole story.

You have to find out if the hero saves the fair maiden from the dragon. Maybe it's the part where the lost boy is being chased by some pirates, or it's the last inning of a baseball game and a home-run will win the game.

The exciting part of a story is called the CLIMAX.

Think of the plot of a story as a path over a mountain. As the excitement builds, the path rises higher.

In LESSON #8, we discussed how a story needs some kind of troubles. As the conflicts pile on top of each other, so does the excitement. Sometimes, the story dips down into some quieter parts, but the tension continues to build until it reaches the very peak.










When the knight slays the dragon, the lost boy is found, or the batter hits the ball, the story is at the most important and exciting scene of the whole thing.

The CLIMAX usually comes near the end. The rest of the story tells how things are changed or made better because of what happened. (We will learn about "conclusions" later.)







Assignment: 

Write a story using this sentence as the climax -

"___________'s feet couldn't move as he watched the __________ coming closer and closer."

Email it to me.

I'm excited to read your exciting story.


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