The lesson will help students write resolutions for narrative text, whether personal or fictional stories. Students can often begin a story, include effective details and other information, but have difficulty concluding or ending their stories. The lesson also identifies several types of resolutions students could use for their writing, as well as identify the types when reading other content. The lesson may be used with other related writing or reading lessons.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Read aloud from a book (or tell) a short story, but do not include the ending. Once completed, ask students: What is missing from the story?
- Allow for responses and discussion. When a student responds that the story lacks an ending, ask students to make suggestions for ending to the story.
- Allow for several responses. Next, ask students what the difference is between the endings suggested by the students.
- Allow for responses and discussion, which may include some are funny, sad, serious, surprise endings, etc. Ask students what term is used for the ending of a story.
- Allow for responses. Introduce Writing Resolutions.
- Distribute Writing Resolutions content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use current reading content for students to identify resolutions (and their types) to the stories. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. (You may allow students to read the original endings if they are unfamiliar with the story.) Encourage students to be creative.
- Student pairs share the activity story endings. Other students try to guess the type of resolution used. Results will vary.
- 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. Other students try to guess the resolutions used.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.E, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.E, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.E
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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