When you have finished writing your rising action, it is time to write the climax! The climax of the story is the turning point of the story; the moment when the ultimate suspense reaches its peak.
Many believe that the climax is the most intense or most interesting part of the story. This is not usually true because after the climax, there is no more story to tell other than the conclusion. Sometimes, the story may seem over after the climax, but another turning point is awaiting, so one should never conclude that there is only one climax in a story! (Source)
Climax: the critical point at which the central character is about to win or lose all. When the probable outcome of the main conflict is finally revealed (i.e. the turning point), the story has reached its climax. The climax does not mark the end of conflict; it only determines how the conflict will be decided. The climax usually occurs anywhere from 50% to 90% of the completed story. (Source)
Let's identify the climax in a popular fairy tale...
Now, it's your turn. Write your climax in a way that draws it out. Make this the "epic battle scene" in sci-fi movies. Make it the sad (but happy) part in the movie where Nemo is finally reunited with his family! Make it enjoyable, emotional, and exciting if possible!
Students will "expand the moment" when they get to their climax. They will make it last longer than any other part of their story in order to make it more dramatic.