Reflection: Diverse Entry Points What Did the Author do? Using Mentor Text to Revise Endings - Section 3: Practice and Share


Some students have a lot of difficulty choosing how to end their story because they don’t really have a point to their story. When this happens, I lead students through a discussion to help them identify what is most important in the story. Basically, I want to know why they chose this story. For example, I might ask, “What do you feel is the most important part of your story. What did you feel when this happened? What do you think a reader should feel? Are there any problems of events or emotions in your story? Are they resolved? Maybe they are resolved in a little way but not completely, etc.” When students answer these questions, I ask them to bring those issues up at the end of the story either as a recognition that the character has by the end of the experience or as a solution to the problems that came up.

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What Did the Author do? Using Mentor Text to Revise Endings

Unit 14: Developing Writing
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT write interesting endings that wrap up their personal narrative writing.

Big Idea: Students use mentor text to revise their own writing.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, revision (Writing Process), ending, narrative, peer review, Writing Assessment
  45 minutes
the endings
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