Alternative Endings Teacher Resources
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Narrative Literature Response Letters
Third graders write a formal letter to an author. For this expansive writing lesson, 3rd graders write a formal letter to an author suggesting an alternate ending for a story the author has written. This lesson requires students to know how to write a formal letter, as well as requiring them to be able to analyze a story.
3rd English Language Arts
Changing the End of a Story
Second graders re-write a story. In this alternate endings lesson, 2nd graders read Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, by Leo Lionni, stopping to discuss the events and predict what will happen next. Students work in groups to come up with a different ending to the story and then share their endings with the class.
2nd English Language Arts
Writing with Presentation Software
Upper elementary learners use their imagination and the writing process to compose short stories with correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. To incorporate technology, they use PowerPoint to create a presentation of their stories. In addition, they have the opportunity to create an alternate ending to their classmates' stories.
4th - 6th English Language Arts
The American Puritan Tradition and Dilemma: Part II
The second in a series of three lessons that examine how different writers explore the issues of individual freedoms and tolerance in America uses The Crucible as the anchor text. The focus here is what Miller has to say about the causes and results of intolerance.
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
For many children around the world, food scarcity is a painful reality of daily life. Help young scholars understand the seriousness of this global issue with with a reading of the book The Good Garden. After discussing food security and completing a related worksheet, students conclude the lesson by writing and illustrating alternate endings to the story.
3rd - 9th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Develop an Alternate Ending to a Text by Brainstorming
What if . . .? Is the view of the empty street in front of the White’s house the only possible ending to “The Monkey’s Paw”? The narrator of this short video models for viewers how to use brainstorming to generate possible alternative conclusions to W.
7 mins 11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Draft an Alternate Ending to a Text
Creating an alternative ending to a narrative is the focus of a five-part series of videos that use W. W. Jacobs’ short story “The Monkey’s Paw” to model the process. This video, the third in the series, shows viewers how to use an outline and meaningful language to draft the previously planned conclusion.
8 mins 11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Students complete a variety of activities related to story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" as written by James Marshall. They retell the story using flannel board pieces, discuss alternative endings for the story, and create illustrations for their new ending.
K - 1st English Language Arts
Responding to Literature: James and the Giant Peach
Fifth grade reader/writers create an alternate ending to an episode in Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach in which our protagonist "loses" the chance to magically solve all his problems. Prompts students not only to write creatively and fluently, but to think critically by exploring possible outcomes.
5th English Language Arts
Applying Ahimsa to Traditional Stories
Investigate the life of Mahatma Gandhi by researching non-violent lifestyles. Learners define the word ahimsa and discuss the personal characteristics that made Gandhi a peaceful warrior. They also create a poster about the story "The Little Red Hen" as an example of a story with a moral.
2nd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The young scholars recall events from Dr. Seuss' story The Lorax and make connections to environmental issues affecting their lives. They are expected to reflect on the facts of the story and respond verbally stating the inferences they made in order to devise alternative endings or possible solutions.
K - 7th Science
Learners with special needs and learning disabilities explore writing by becoming story editors. The class reads a story together after hearing it once through first. Then, they each examine the pictures from the story and work on paraphrasing its contents.
1st - 2nd English Language Arts
I Am An Author
Analyze and interpret a literary work your class has read during the course. After reading a variety of literary works, middle schoolers alter the ending of a selection by creating an alternate ending. They generate five comprehension questions related to their alternate ending and interpretation of the story.
6th - 9th English Language Arts
New Ending Book Report
Find out about the books your pupils are reading, and toss in some creative writing to increase engagement. Young readers note the title, author, and illustrator of their book before composing a brief alternate ending. There is also space for other notes.
1st - 5th English Language Arts
Narrative Literature Response Letters: Original Lesson Plan
Readers write a formal letter to an author offering an alternative ending to a story the author has written. First, the class reads a story or novel. Upon finishing the reading, they are introduced to the format of a formal letter. They then write a letter to the author suggesting an alternative ending.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts
Ending a Famous Fairy Tale
Altering the ending of a famous fairy tale is a really fun way for kids to experience creative writing. The lesson here has them do just that! Learners listen to the famous fairy tale, "The Twelve Brothers," and change the ending of the tale any way they want.
1st - 6th English Language Arts
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Problematic Situation
If your class just finished Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, have them reflect on the ending. With this post-reading activity, readers consider an alternate ending and must decide whether or not the formula and the antidote should be destroyed or preserved and which character should be responsible for either of these decisions.
10th - 12th English Language Arts
New Review Narrative Writing
If you're looking to start a unit based around narrative writing, make sure to consider this resource while you're planning. This book covers five topics: writing personal narratives, writing narratives about others, writing narratives about literature, story writing, and composition skills.
5th - 9th English Language Arts