Building Suspense and Climax:
Mentor Text: Cinderella
After discussing the body section of the essay, develop the suspense and climax in the story. An author creates suspense and a climax to a story to keep the readers’ interest. This is one of my favorite lessons in narrative writing! Use a roller coaster like the anchor chart below. I like to get a matchbox car and ride it up and down the coaster using Cinderella as an example. I start off by introducing Cinderella, step sisters, and step mother. I explain how their characters develop and the mean things they do to Cinderella. Next, I explain how the author increases the suspense when the fairy godmother gets involved and Cinderella shows up at the ball. The action rises when Cinderella dances with the prince. The suspense increases even more when the clock strikes 12 and she loses her shoe!!!! The climax is when the prince is looking for the right foot to fit in the shoe. Will Cinderella get to try on the shoe? Will the prince find her?
7. On the camping trip, the campers realized they were on the wrong trail.
Each person in the group chooses one prompt. When you signal to begin, each person writes an introduction paragraph for the prompt. Give them enough time to write then stop the whole class. Ask them to pass their paper to the left. That person needs to read what the previous person wrote and start the next paragraph adding suspense. The 3rd person needs to build more suspense. The 4th person writes the climax of the story. Share within the small group. (Do not write conclusions. We will use it later.)
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