Alternative Endings Teacher Resources
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Narrative Literature Response Letters
Third graders write a formal letter to an author. In 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...
3rd 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....
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...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
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...
8 mins 11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
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...
2nd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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...
3rd - 4th 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...
10th - 12th English Language Arts