Lesson plan

Write Your Own Ending

Get your students’ creative juices flowing with this fun creative writing lesson! Students will read a fun story and then write their own ending.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Conclude a Story pre-lesson.
Grade Subject View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Conclude a Story pre-lesson.

Students will be able to write a conclusion to a short narrative.

(2 minutes)
  • Ask students if they know the meaning of the word conclusion. Write it on the chart paper. Define it as the last part of something or an ending. Explain that the ending is important because it is what the reader remembers most.
  • Explain that today students will be writing conclusions to two short stories.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students turn to a partner to give the definition of problem and solution. Ask for student volunteers to share, then record the definitions on the chart paper.
  • Project the passage from the And Then What Happened? worksheet. Tell students to point to each word as you read it aloud.
  • Ask students to tell you about the problem in the story.
  • Ask students to tell their partner what they think the solution will be. How will the bear help?
  • Ask for student volunteers to share their ideas for the ending, then write it on the teacher copy.
(8 minutes)
  • Distribute the Write the Ending: Kaniesha’s Trip worksheet to students.
  • Instruct students to follow along with their fingers as you read the passage aloud.
  • Ask students about the problem in the story.
  • Assign/remind students of their reading partners.
(10 minutes)
  • Instruct students to take 1–2 minutes to think quietly about what solution they might use to conclude the story.
  • Instruct students to begin writing their endings. Tell students they can be as creative as they like!


  • While others work independently, call your struggling writers into a group to work with you.


  • For students needing a greater challenge, encourage details and a longer length (at least 4–5 sentences).
  • Have students illustrate their completed stories on a sheet of blank paper.
(5 minutes)
  • Circulate the room while students are working, answering questions and informally assessing student abilities.
  • Have students turn in their writing to assess grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.
  • Student fluency, comprehension, and writing abilities should be noted for future small group work with you.
(10 minutes)
  • Call students back together.
  • Have students partner share their story endings.
  • Ask student volunteers to share their story endings with the whole class.

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