Jason could almost hear the slap of leather . . .
The stands behind him had been a sea of parents . . .
The winner would play for the city’s . . .
Jason felt wonderful, joking with his teammates . . .
Emphasize the coach’s instructions
Highlight unfamiliar baseball terms
Create the voice of the announcer
Identify the main character’s thoughts
Jason’s thoughts provide the main conflict
Jason’s actions are not important to the plot
Coach’s thoughts can be expressed by dialogue
Coach’s actions are not important to the theme
As the game progressed, though, Jason began to worry.
He strutted up to the plate, grinned, and gave a thumbs-up sign to the cheering crowd.
As Jason looked back, he saw the ball coming at him fast.
Besides apologizing to his coach and teammates, he had worked hard to improve his skills.
Explain the game
Develop the characters
The team has begun to lose the game.
Jason has finally focused on the game.
One of the players has started to feel sick.
Jason has promised to stop clowning around.