The lesson will give students strategies to create logical endings or resolutions for their stories, personal or otherwise. They will also determine how to identify the resolutions of the stories they read or those read aloud to them. Many students enjoy telling stories, but fall into the trap of growing weaker and weaker towards the end, losing the attention of their audience and leaving their story without an effective conclusion or resolution. The lesson can be used with other basic writing lessons to show the connection between the beginning, middle, and end of stories.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Read a short story to the students (One they most likely have never heard). Before reading the end of the story, ask students to make up and share a different ending to the story.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students: Why do stories have endings?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Read the ending to the opening story. Ask students if the ending was what they expected. Also, ask if they believe the ending is happy, sad, or otherwise.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Writing Resolutions.
- Distribute Writing Resolutions content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Remind students that they will be writing their own stories with effective endings.
- During the lesson, use current reading content and other short stories for students to identify the resolutions. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Depending on grade level, students may orally recite stories or write them on paper. In addition, the teacher may read aloud the stories provided (without endings), students may then write out two different endings for each or discuss and share them with the class.
- Distribute Practice page. Review the instructions. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. Review the instructions. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Allow students to share their stories.
- In closing, ask: What is your favorite ending to a story? Why?
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3.D
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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