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Earthquake Terror Earthquake Terror

Earthquake Terror by Peg Kehret

Summary:  The Palmer family is all ready for an exciting camping vacation on an isolated island in northern California. While on a hike, their mother falls and breaks her ankle. The father heads to the nearest hospital with the mother, while twelve-year-old Jonathan stays on the island with his partially paralyzed younger sister, Abby. The family dog is there to help. When an earthquake hits the island, Jonathan is faced with many problems while trying to keep his sister safe.

 

 

 

 

Review the story below: 

Genre:  Realistic Fiction 

Realistic Fiction is a fictional story in which the setting, plot, dialogue, and characters seem real.

Story Skill: Plot (Conflict and Events)

A plot is the action or series of events in a work of fiction.  Sometimes important events in a plot are changes in a character's feelings or attitudes. Other times they are action-packed events, such as earthquakes, space journeys, or shipwrecks.  In most stories the plot concerns one or more problems or conflicts.  To keep you reading, authors set up interesting characters and situations.  Then, they give their characters big problems or conflicts to deal with. 

Plots usually follow a pattern like this one:

  1. Exposition - The characters, setting, and conflict, or problem, are introduced.
  2. Rising Action - The characters try to solve the problem.  It usually gets worse.
  3. Climax - Action, conflict, and tension reach a critical point.
  4. Falling Action - The conflict gets worked out.
  5. Resolution - The ending tells the outcome.

 To practice plot development.

 To practice making inferences about plot development.

 To practice placing the parts of the plot on a plot diagram.

Spelling List

Earthquake Terror  short vowel patterns

bunk

bunch

fond

ditch

staff

swift

crush

split

dock

stuck

grasp

swept

slept

breath

dwell

deaf

mist

tough

fund

rough

 

Challenge Words

trek

frantic

summit

rustic

mascot

 

Build Background or Extend Your Knowledge

Earthquakes for Kids

Describing Earthquakes

Earthquakes and Maryland

FEMA Kids Earthquakes

Study Jams Earthquakes

 






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