Writing a good story ending
ELACC2W3: Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
How do writers end their stories with emotion?
About 1 hour
your narrative example, chart paper, marker, some books you might want to share with good endings
Overview or notes pertaining to lesson:
Students will learn how to effectively end their stories, instead of saying “The End”.
When we started writing our stories, we learned about story leads and how important they are for starting our stories. Today we are going to talk about the importance of having a strong ending to your story. Find a variety of stories you have already read to students to show different ways the authors ended their stories. Stories can be ended in different ways depending on the purpose of the story. Show the chart: Authors End Their Stories With Purpose and Emotion: story endings can…be happy, be touching, teach a lesson, be sad, make me wonder. Model choosing one of the types of endings to end your story. Reiterate that we are in second grade and will no longer be ending out stories with “The end”. The reader should know your story is over, because of the ending you chose to use.
Think about the type of ending that is appropriate for your story. Turn and talk to discuss the ending you will use for your story. Have some students share how they might end their story and discuss if it is effective.
Allow students to write their ending.
Have a few students share their work for the day.