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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 how to write a formal letter, as well as requiring them to be able to analyze a story.
3rd Language Arts 8 Views 29 Downloads
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 Language Arts 4 Views 25 Downloads
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 Language Arts 17 Views 77 Downloads
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 Language Arts 3 Views 56 Downloads
The students 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 23 Views 177 Downloads
Narrative Literature Response Letters
Third graders write endings to a story that has already been written. They offer alternative endings in their version. The lesson includes a rubric that is to be given to the students in order that they know the requirements.
3rd Language Arts 3 Views 9 Downloads
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 Language Arts 3 Views 1 Download 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 Language Arts 4 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 Language Arts 3 Views 1 Download
New Review 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 Language Arts 11 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review What If?
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 15 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 Language Arts 6 Views 8 Downloads
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 Language Arts 3 Views 27 Downloads
Beginning, Middle, and End
First graders identify the beginning, middle, and ending of a story and describe the plot, setting, and the characters. As a class they read a picture story and identify the beginning, middle, and end. Students then draw a picture of an alternate ending to the story.
1st Language Arts 7 Views 49 Downloads
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 Language Arts 14 Views 123 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 Language Arts 3 Views 55 Downloads
Social, Moral, and Cultural Issues in Stories
Fourth graders identify social, moral, or cultural issues in stories such as problems faced by characters. They discuss how characters deal with the problems and locate evidence as it appears in the text. They write 3 paragraphs or chapters to collect, order, and build ideas.
4th Language Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads
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 Language Arts 5 Views 58 Downloads