08 Dec It’s Monday! We Have Been Reading Some Texts with Surprise Endings!
We love texts with surprise endings because they encourage readers to ask questions about the writer’s decisions. Why this ending? How does this ending connect to the beginning of the text? What does this text really mean? Here are two texts that encourage readers to ponder:
SHHH! We Have a Plan, Chris Haughton
We had the privilege of reading this text to Kindergartener students. Wow! This text sparked some important questions and ideas:
- “Why is one bird in color while everything else is blue and black?”
- “Why didn’t the bigger hunters listen to the smallest hunter?”
- “Why didn’t the hunters learn from what happened with the bird?”
These young readers couldn’t believe the ending of this story. They wanted the hunters to learn a lesson, but they didn’t. What a wonderful text to read and reread during interactive read aloud. Readers can ponder the theme of this text and think about how the unpredictable ending adds to the deeper meaning.
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
This text has an important message about enjoying the journey rather than focusing on a final destination or reward. The words and illustrations work together to tell the story of two boys on a mission to find “something spectacular.” Readers will need to carefully study the details to grasp deeper meanings of this text. We want to encourage them to notice and question what is really happening in this text:
- Why is Sam and Dave’s house different at the beginning and the end of the book?
- Where do Sam and Dave land after they fall through this earth?
- Do they really “fall” back to their house?
As readers read and reread this text they will have lots to say about how the ending of this text creates deeper meaning.