May 09, 2007
When I begin teaching Beginning/Middle/End of a story, I break down the teaching of each component. I choose three different colors of paper and copy only lines on the paper. Students write the beginning of their stories on the color and lined paper after we thoroughly listen to and discuss great beginning strategies. Then the children write only beginnings until they master beginnings. We cut the strip of the story beginning and glue it to a piece of white copy paper. Then we repeat the process studying the writing skills needed for story middles (sequencing and transition words for paragraphs, etc.). We cut off the number of lines written and paste the beginnings and middles together on the copy paper. Lastly, we repeat the process on the third color for endings.