Exit This Way – Lesson Idea #16

by Ana on May 5, 2008

This activity will really help your child learn to analyze, pay attention to details, and comprehend select stories and books while allowing them to develop and express their creativity. This can be done as a post reading activity to reinforce comprehension.

  1. Choose a book that your child can read independently and that he/she has read before.
  2. Tell your child that they are going to have to think of an alternate ending for the story. This means that they have to go through and analyze what has happened so far in order to decide what will happen to the characters and events in the story.
  3. You can help them out and come up with ideas together to make sure the ending will still make sense with the rest of the story. Using a graphic organizer to map out the story is a great strategy to help them organize their thoughts!
  4. Your child can either dictate their ideas to you or write them on their own. Reread the story together using the new ending and enjoy!
  • You can make this as easy or as challenging as you like depending upon your child’s abilities – just pick a simple book or a more complex one to accomplish this.

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