Ask your students to construct a mind map. Here are the directions: 1) Write all the types of narrative endings you know and describe them. 2) What effect does each narrative ending have on readers? 3) Do you like/dislike endings? Why? Students will brainstorm and write down some of the different types of narrative endings they know on a mind map. “Narrative Endings” will be at the center of the mind map. Students should be directed to add branches that describe the diverse types of narrative endings they know. Then, students will be encouraged to add sub-branches in which they describe each ending, their feelings towards it, and examples of texts that include that specific type of ending. One branch is already modeled for the students.
Then, students will learn about the six ways in which narratives end. These include a resolved ending, an unresolved ending, an expanded ending, an unexpected ending, an ambiguous ending, and a tied ending. Students should add to their mind map if any of these endings were missed initially. Were any of these types of endings missed on the mind map? Can we think of any stories that have these types of endings? Let’s add to the mind map. The teacher should look up the following short story (it is not linked in the lesson): All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury. After reading, identify and discuss the type of ending Bradbury wrote in All Summer in a Day. The teacher will direct students to refer back to the mind map. They will quickly review the different types of narrative endings as a class, and then each student will determine which type of ending they will invent.