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Once They're Hooked, Reel Them In: Writing Good Endings

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five or six 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Rebecca L. Olness

Black Diamond, Washington


International Literacy Association


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

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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.

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