Writing the ending is probably one of the most difficult parts of a story. Whether you are drafting an essay or a fictional tale, giving it closure can be very tricky. This is because you would want to end your narrative with a takeaway for your readers, and not just settle with the cliché “and they lived happily ever after.”
Kids also struggle in ending their stories. This especially happens when they are so caught up with their tales that they just want to keep on going until they run out of things to say. But they also need to learn how to close their narratives, as having a conclusion to their stories makes their thought process complete.
But how do you help your child create an ending to their stories? Below are three simple yet effective ways:
- End with a wish.
When kids tell stories, they usually focus on what has happened in the past and what is going on in the present. However, they cannot discuss events in the future because these have not happened or are not happening at the moment. You may want to offer this angle to your child when they are working on their drafts. It would be good to know how they think about the future, or what is it that they want to happen in their story?
Ending with a wish or aspiration allows your kid to think with a forward mindset. This also gives a positive close to their story, as they have a clear visualization in terms of putting a full stop to their narrative.
For example, if your child is writing about their experience in the amusement park, they may end their essay with: “I wish I could go back to the amusement park sometime soon.”
2. Let them end with the last event that happened in their topic.
Another way on how to write a composition with a meaningful ending is by using the last event that happened in the topic or narrative. Kids need not use the ever-popular “lived happily ever after,” but rather focus on how they perceived the event that serves as a conclusion to their story.
For example, your child is writing about their trip the amusement park. You may want to ask about how they felt when it was time go home after a whole day of experiencing the rides, trying out the games, and meeting new people. They can use these thoughts as they close their story. For example:
“It was already nighttime when we went home. I was really tired after a whole day of taking rides and playing games, but I definitely had a good time at the amusement park!”
3. Highlight the main idea.
When we are taught how to write a composition, we are always reminded to highlight the main idea throughout our narratives. Kids should also realize this when they start learning how to write their stories. You can then help by reminding them what their subject is about and that they should mention it as they end their story.
For example, the topic of the essay is about your child’s favorite pet. Throughout the essay, your child may talk about the fun times they shared with their pet, how they care for their pet, etc. In the end however, you may want to ask your child to share a summary of their feelings for their pet. For example:
“Rufus is my pet dog. He is a German Shepherd. He is brave and strong but he also likes to play a lot. We always walk him during evenings. There was also a time when we played fetch in the park. Last summer, we took Rufus to the beach, where we played the whole day. I didn’t know he could swim!
I am happy that I have Rufus as our family pet. I know my mom and dad love him so much. I love him too. For me, Rufus is my best friend.”