Education Technology

NCTE: Making a Good Story REALLY Good!

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students write their own ending to a story that they chose as having an anticlimactic ending. The teacher and students will discuss what method or thought process leads up to the new ending and whether or not each student's efforts are satisfactory.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Use the transparency from Activity 1 to review the terminology for this lesson. If the discussion from the end of the last activity was not completed, then take time to finish the discussion. Give the class a couple minutes to review their book and movie titles. Ask them to focus on what they disliked about the ending along with their reasons for the dissatisfaction.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Read and view texts and performances from a wide range of authors, subjects, and genres.
  • Identify significant literary elements (including metaphor, symbolism, foreshadowing, dialect, rhyme, meter, irony, climax) and use those elements to interpret the work.
  • Evaluate literary merit based on an understanding of the genre and the literary elements.
  • Read and view texts and performances from a wide range of authors, subjects, and genres.
  • Identify significant literary elements (including metaphor, symbolism, foreshadowing, dialect, rhyme, meter, irony, climax) and use those elements to interpret the work.
  • Evaluate literary merit based on an understanding of the genre and the literary elements.
  • After the Activity

    Students will discuss ways in which their classmates' story revisions may have proven satisfactory or problematic. Instructors will encourage students to be critical and exchange ideas that can help one another.