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Once They’re Hooked, Reel Them In: Writing Good Endings
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five or six 45-minute sessions|
Black Diamond, Washington
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (Blue Sky Press, 1998)
- Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow, 1991)
- Computers with Internet access, including one with projection capability
- Overhead projector and transparencies
|1.||Before beginning this lesson, students should choose a topic for writing a story. A brief chronological narrative, such as an autobiographical incident or fictional story, will probably work best for creating a connection between the beginning and ending lines. Another possibility would be fractured fairy tales, which provide an opportunity to play with—and comment upon—conventional endings. Create a list of suggested story topics based on your knowledge of students’ strengths and interests.
|2.||Students beginning this lesson should be able to understand, recognize, and write effective opening lines. The ReadWriteThink lesson “Fishing for Readers: Identifying and Writing Effective Opening ‘Hooks’” provides a good introduction to writing opening lines.
|3.||Reproduce the Beginning, Middle, End Graphic Organizer, Literary Beginnings Transparency, Organization Rubric, and Student Writing Sample as overhead transparencies.
|4.||Make one copy for each student of the Beginning, Middle, End Graphic Organizer, Literary Endings Worksheet, Student Writing Sample, and Organization Rubric.
|5.||Visit the BAB Books: On-Line Stories & Resources for Kids website to make sure it works properly on your school computers. Bookmark the site for easy student access.
|6.||Schedule access to computers with Internet access for students to use in Session 6.|