“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 What is the climax? •The moment of the highest interest and the greatest emotion •Turning point toward the resolution of the problem Falling Action What is in the falling action? •Events that happen after the climax happens and lead to the story's end Resolution What is the resolution? •End or conclusion of the story Theme What is 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 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?