Help your students' favorite characters come to life in new adventures as student writers draft new endings to their favorite stories.
Students will understand how a character's traits determine the outcome of a story and will use character analysis to create an alternate ending to a previously read book.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Gather students and ask them to think about their favorite character from a book. Ask students what it is about that character that they like so much.
- Have students pair and share their answers.
- After a few minutes, ask each student to share partner responses to the question.
- Write “Character Traits” on the board and record responses from the discussion. Explain that how we describe a character, how they act, talk, or respond to situations, can be defined as character traits. Go on to say that these traits help the character to solve conflicts, or problems, in the story.
- Tell students that today they will get a chance to help a character find a new ending to a favorite story.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Display your favorite book and summarize how the main character solved the problem at the end of the book. Explain that this final problem solution is called a story's resolution.
- Project an image of Fan Fiction Finales: Alternative Ending story outline.
- Use your book summary to write your title, main character, and conflict.
- Model by doing a think aloud as you fill in the outline.
- Write the traits on the current version side of the story outline. Point to the Resolution text box and add details of the story ending inside.
- Model how to use character traits to fill in the new version side.
- Project an image of the Fan Fiction worksheet. Explain that the outline is a plan for the new ending draft the students will write.
- Tell students that their version is another, or alternate, way to end the story.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Direct students to review the last pages of the book selected for the activity.
- Use the projected image to refer to as you give directions and to answer any questions about the outline.
- Reiterate that this outline is the plan for a final alternate ending draft.
Independent Working Time (25 minutes)
- Distribute Fan Fiction Finales: Alternate Ending story outline and the Fan Fiction worksheet.
- Explain that the Fan Fiction worksheet will be the format for the final draft.
- Remind students to refer to the Alternate Ending story outline to complete the new ending for their favorite story.
- Enrichment: Challenge students to add characters to the ending to complicate the main character’s efforts at conflict resolution.
- Support: Allow students to work in cooperative groups for the outline stage. Provide books for the student at their reading level.
- An interactive whiteboard could be used to fill out the story outline.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Write scoring guide questions on the board and explain that if all three questions are answered as a “yes,” the paper will earn 3 out of 3 points: Are there at least 2 character traits that relate to the new resolution version? Are there sufficient details to explain the story’s resolution? Does the new ending make sense?
- As each student reads their new ending, use the 3-point scoring guide written on the board to assign a point percentage in the grade book.
- Collect papers and review student assigned grades to determine the students’ self-reflection accuracy for future lesson planning.
Review and Closing (15 minutes)
- Gather students together in a circle.
- Go around the circle and ask students, in turn, to read aloud the completed Fan Fiction writing page.
- Ask students to review the 3-point Scoring Guide and to assign themselves a point grade for their work at the top of the page.