Types of Endings Adapted from Barry Lane’s Reviser’s Toolbox The Loop Ending

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Types of Endings

Adapted from Barry Lane’s Reviser’s Toolbox
**The Loop EndingThe most popular way to end a writing piece; your conclusion connects or loops back to where you started in your introduction
Clue: If you read only your introduction and conclusion, you could see that they are discussing the same topic.
“Yes, reading is dangerous – it’s true.” (Lead)
“Because one day at the library, you may find a James Bond novel with greasy red spots in the middle and you’ll know it’s true – reading can be dangerous.” (Conclusion)
- Tedd Arnold, Guys Write for Guys Read
**The Prediction EndingRepeats the main events of the writing piece and wonders about the future
Clue: Works well when a writer wants to emphasize an important point. A predication is made for the future.
“As I peer out our mini-van window, I see the large signs for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and I know we are almost there.” (Thinking lead)
“Only 365 days more to go until I see the Myrtle Beach signs again! Will I be able to wait another year to see my favorite place?”

- Mrs. McD

The Happy EndingLeaves the reader with no feelings of sadness

Clue: Think most fairy tales

The Mysterious EndingLeaves the reader’s imagination wondering
Clue: Leaves the reader wanting more – a sequel perhaps!

The ‘Sad but True’ EndingTo keep the story ‘real’, the author has to make the ending sad

Clue: Think Charlotte’s Web. If the ending were different, it would change the tone of the story.
The Surprise EndingA good surprise ending is planned. Clues are left in the story for the reader to reread and find.

Clue: Look back for details to see where the reader planted them. See how these details match up with the ending.

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