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Reading and Writing Rocks Yellow / Lesson 11: Story Order

Beginning,Middle,End
What will we be learning today?


  • In this lesson, you are going to learn all about writing the beginning middle and end of stories, letters and poems.

  • No matter what you write, you always have to work, on beginning, middle and end!


Let's review beginning.


When you start a story, you are working on the beginning. The best way to start is to get the reader's attention. Which sentence would make a better beginning for a story about a dog?


  1. This is a dog.

  2. The big, yellow dog sniffed the ground and found a place to dig.

Did you pick the second one? Why? There is more in that sentence that makes you want to know even more.


The middle of your story gives more information, more parts of the story. Read more about the dog in the middle of this short story.


The big, yellow dog sniffed the ground and found a place to dig. The more he dug, the more excited he got. When he had dug really deep, he found something. He grabbed it in his mouth and went running into the house. You could tell how happy he was because his tail was wagging fast!

Last winter he lost something that he loved a lot. Now that spring was here he had been digging up the yard trying to find it. When he did he had to run into the house to show everyone!

 


The middle is one of the most important parts of the story. It tells you what is happening. What does the middle of this story tell you?

  • The dog was looking for something.

  • He had been looking for a long time.

  • He was happy when he found it.


How do you end a story?


  • You help the reader know what the last things were that happened. You might even give them an idea of what might happen in the next story you write.

  • Here is a suggestion for an ending of our dog story.


  • The big, yellow dog sniffed the ground and found a place to dig. The more he dug, the more excited he got. When he had dug really deep, he found something. He grabbed it in his mouth and went running into the house. You could tell how happy he was because his tail was wagging fast! Last winter he lost something that he loved a lot. Now that spring was here he had been digging up the yard trying to find it. When he did he had to run into the house to show everyone!

    He had found the bone he lost at Thanksgiving! He buried it after the big meal. Now he just wanted to find the frisbee he lost last summer!


                                                


The big, yellow dog sniffed the ground and found a place to dig. The more he dug, the more excited he got. When he had dug really deep, he found something. He grabbed it in his mouth and went running into the house. You could tell how happy he was because his tail was wagging fast!

Last winter he lost something that he loved a lot. Now that spring was here he had been digging up the yard trying to find it. When he did he had to run into the house to show everyone!

He had found the bone he lost at Thanksgiving! He buried it after the big meal. Now he just wanted to find the frisbee he lost last summer!

Let's review. The beginning of the story is in green. The middle of the story is in orange. The end of the story is in red.


Let's Review What We Learned Today!


  • You have had two lessons about beginning, middle, and end. You should have a good understanding if what makes a good story.

  • One of the ways that you can be a good writer is to read stories by good writers. That will be one of the things that you do after reading this lesson. You need to follow the steps after you finish reading.


Read the stories on your worksheets and answer the questions at the end. Don't forget the things you learned about beginning, middle and end!