Excellent Endings

Now that we have written the mighty middles of our personal narratives, it’s time to look at excellent endings.

What makes an excellent ending? The ending is about tying up the pieces of the narrative, solving the situation/problem and leaving the reader with a sense of resolution.

This week we have been looking at what makes a great ending and we have come up with a few techniques that author’s use. Some of these are:

1. A question/open ended statement: “I never found out what had happened….”

2. A decision: “Now I will…”

3. A surprise: “He slowly opened the door, it was……”

4. A feeling: “I felt so happy!”

5. A memory: ” I will never forget that day.”

6. A hope/wish: ” I hope that …..”

7. A  thought: “As I drove off I wondered….”

8. A lesson: “From that day on I ….”

 

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“The Red Woollen Blanket” by Bob Graham begins with: “Julia had her own blanket right from the start”

I like the ending which leaves the reader with a thought….”It could have been anywhere at all…and she hardly missed it.”

Which technique did you use for your excellent ending?

 

4 thoughts on “Excellent Endings

  1. Dear 3A,
    I love the book the red woolen blanket by Bob Grahem.
    I would love to read another Bob Grahem book again very soon.
    By
    Lily

  2. Dear Mrs Kebbell,
    I loved reading the red woollen blanket by Bob Graham.
    I really want to read another Bob Graham book very soon.
    By
    From Lily

  3. Dear 3A,

    I enjoyed reading your post about excellent endings. Having an ending that wraps up a story is important and I’m sure you are learning a lot from Mrs Kebbell about how to write quality endings to your personal narratives.

    We have been working on personal narratives in our classroom too. I have had a lot of fun teaching my grade about bold beginnings, mighty middles, excellent endings, descriptive language and sensory details.

    I look forward to reading some of your published personal narratives soon!

    Best wishes,
    Miss Jordan

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