We've all experienced cliffhangers. Who hasn't watched a TV episode where it gets to the last five minutes and you say to yourself, "Wait! There's only five more minutes! They'll never solve the problem in five minutes!"? Then five minutes later, we see the dreaded "...to be continued."
Cliffhangers are a great way to keep viewers, and readers, excited for their next encounter. Unlike TV where "...to be continued" rolls into the next season, cliffhangers in the classroom can last a few minutes, a day, or it can tie into "You Be The Author" (click the link to the left to learn more about this). Reading a story, building suspense, and stopping really gets kids going, and you can have them predict, finish the ending, or just keep them on the edge of their seat. Try it out, and you'll see what I mean. There's a perfect book for cliffhangers, and you should check it out. Come back in a few months and find out what it is.