Students had a blast working with a partner to write the ending to a story about Mr. Petrusic traveling to Alaska. Here is the starting place :
Realistic Fiction Narrative
Main character: Mr. Petrusic
Problem: Mr. Petrusic lost a lot of blood from a laceration (deep cut) to his leg from a bear attack. He is in the emergency room, but the doctors do not have a match for his rare blood type.
Resolution: Mr. Petrusic’s wife turns out to be the same blood type, and the doctors are able to transfer some blood from her to him just in time.
(1) How did Mr. Petrusic and his wife afford a vacation to Alaska?
(2) How did Mr. Petrusic and his wife survive a bear attack?
(3) How did Mr. Petrusic and his wife get to the hospital?
A Rare Match
One hot weekend in July Mr. Petrusic and his wife finally decided where they wanted to go on a vacation, Glacier National Park in Alaska. It was an expensive trip, but they saved $20 every month for four years and they could finally afford it. Not only did they have enough for the airfare, but they even had some money to buy a new tent for their camping trip.
After some final planning and packing they flew to Alaska two weeks later. It was much cooler weather than the hot Chicago summer. For the next couple of days Mr. Petrusic and his wife got to go hiking and canoeing through the beautiful Alaskan wilderness.
On the third night of the trip just as they were about to go to sleep, Mr. and Mrs. Petrusic heard a noise outside of their tent. “What was that?” asked Mrs. Petrusic.
“What was what?” replied Mr. Petrusic as he squinted his eyes in confusion.
“That noise,” whispered Mrs. Petrusic nervously.
“Oh wait, I hear it. Shhh. I think it’s a…”
Mr. Petrusic and his wife jumped out of the tent and stood face to face with a 7 foot grizzly bear. Frozen in terror they stared at it helplessly. Next they tiptoed backwards slowly and the bear attacked. It took one swipe with its paw and cut Mr. Petrusic’s leg. Red blood was gushing everywhere.
Before the bear was able to do any more damage, Mrs. Petrusic pressed the button on her bear horn. Fortunately she carried it on her person at all times. It made a loud shriek and it startled the bear. Within moments he darted back past the trees and bushes. Meanwhile Mr. Petrusic wrapped an extra shirt around the gash on his leg. He was starting to feel light headed. They knew they had to get to a hospital fast.
Here is an example of an ending written by fifth grade students:
Story Ending Sample