I explain to my scholars that today we will use a story map to write a story about what we predict will happen after the end of the book Bud, Not Buddy. We begin the lesson by completing the story map together as a class. Use of story maps help students to understand the plot, characters, setting, etc. of a story. As we start completing the story map graphic organizer, I provide my students with lots of support and modeling and gradually move them to completing the rest of the story map together as a class, as partners, and then finally on their own.
For this portion of the lesson, I allow my students some independent think time to organize their thoughts and digest the information we have included on the story map graphic organizer. I, then, instruct them to get their creative juices flowing to think of an alternate ending for the story. I explain to them that I don't want them to change what has happened thus far in the story, but I do want them to extend the story. I ask them - What do they think will happen next in the characters lives? I allow them time to write their narrative.
To close our lesson, students share some things they predict will happen after the end of the story. Many of my students predicted Bud will continue to develop a relationship with his grandfather, Herman E. Calloway and that Bud will become a musician like his grandfather.