Adapted from Barry Lane’s Reviser’s Toolbox **The Loop Ending – The most popularway 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 Ending – Repeats 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 Ending – Leaves the reader with no feelings of sadness
The Mysterious Ending – Leaves the reader’s imagination wondering Clue: Leaves the reader wanting more – a sequel perhaps!
The ‘Sad but True’ Ending – To 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 Ending – A 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.