Writing a Conclusion for a Narrative Essay: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 Narrative Essay Endings
  • 0:28 Capture Emotion
  • 1:57 Speak to the Reader Directly
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Instructor: Ashley Davis

Ashley has taught first, fourth, and fifth grades and holds a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

In this lesson, you'll learn to write a conclusion or ending to your narrative essay. Explore some examples, and find out how to end your story in an engaging manner for your readers.

Narrative Essay Endings

Your teacher has asked you to think way back to your first day of kindergarten. He or she wants you to write a narrative essay, or a story about your experiences and how you felt that day. You've been reminded to grab your reader's attention with a clever hook or beginning, but you've also been told not to write ''The End'' when you are finished! What? So how are you going to write your conclusion, or the ending of your story?

Capture Emotion

Just like you should grab your reader's attention with an interesting hook, you should also keep your reader interested in your conclusion. No one likes to read a great story with a bad ending! A good conclusion makes your narrative essay feel complete and finished and leaves your reader satisfied.

One way to end a narrative essay is to capture emotions or feelings. You can reflect on your emotions about an experience or tug at your reader's heartstrings to make him or her connect with your story.

Kevin Henkes' book Chrysanthemum is about a little girl's very first day of school. Throughout the story, the author writes about Chrysanthemum's experiences and feelings, both good and bad. The story begins by reflecting on how the girl got her name and how she feels about it. Early on, you read, ''Chrysanthemum thought her name was absolutely perfect.''

However, Chrysanthemum's feelings change in the story. While at first, she loves her name and is happy and excited about school, she soon feels sad because others tease her for being named after a flower. She starts to hate her name and her school. However, by the end, she regains confidence and one of the last lines of the book tells us, ''Chrysanthemum did not think her name was absolutely perfect. She knew it.''

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