It was Charles. He was fresh. The teacher spanked him and made him stand in a corner.
All right. The teacher spanked a boy, though. For being fresh.
All through the week, Laurie tells his parents how bad Charles has been.
Charles was bad today!
The PTA meeting's next week again. I'm going to find Charles' mother there.
Yes, I did...
Did you hear...
It was so...
Who is Charles' mom?
See you next time!
See you soon!
Why didn't anyone apologize for their son's behavior?
Exposition and setting: Laurie heads off to his first day of school. “The day my son Laurie started kindergarten…” (line 1) This is also the setting because Laurie starting kindergarten is a time and his house is a place. "... Laurie started kindergarten..." (line 1) "...came home..." (line 7)
There was no falling action in the story!
Inciting Incident: Laurie's mom asks Laurie about school, and he tells his parents about a boy named Charles who misbehaved. ‘ “It was Charles,” he said. “He was fresh. The teacher spanked him and made him stand in a corner. He was awfully fresh.” ‘ (line 21-22)
We don't have any Charles in the kindergarten.
Rising Action: Laurie tells his parents about how Charles misbehaves the rest of the week. “Today Charles hit the teacher.” ...Wednesday...Charles bounced a see-saw onto the head of a little girl...Thursday Charles had to stand in a corner during story-time because he kept pounding his feet on the floor...Friday Charles was deprived of blackboard privileges because he threw chalk.” (line 25-42)
Rising Action: Laurie's mom plans on meeting Charles' mom at the PTA meeting. ' "The PTA meeting's next week again,"..."I'm going to find Charles' mother there." ' (line 108-109)
She was the main character.
Rising Action: Laurie's mom goes to the meeting to meet Charles' mom. "At the meeting I sat restlessly, scanning each comfortable matronly face." (line 133-134)
I want to know who Charles is.
Climax: Laurie's mom doesn't find Charles' mom. "No one stood up in the meeting and apologized for the way her son had been acting. No one mentioned Charles." (line 135-136)
Falling Action: There was no falling action in the story because the climax was to close too the resolution. ' "Charles?" she said. "We don't have any Charles in thekindergarten." ' (line 152-153)
Resolution: Laurie's mom discovers that there's no Charles. ‘ “We don’t have any Charles in the kindergarten.” ‘ (line 152-153)
The next boxes have the setting, point of view and character, conflict, and theme.
The point of view was first person. The main character was Laurie's mom. "...my son...I watched...I asked..." (line 1,2,13)
Primary Conflict: Laurie's mom wants to know who Charles is but her son is actually Charles. "...I wanted passionately to meet Charles mother..."We don't have any Charles in the kindergarten." (line 67-68, 152, 153)
Theme: If you don't tell the truth you will eventually be found out. ' "Charles?" she said. "We don't have any Charles in the kindergarten." ' (line 152-153)