Operation Author 4 examines story introductions and conclusions. By studying the work of classic and contemporary authors, elementary students can model their writing on a variety of story beginnings (5) and endings (6). The focus in the final section of the unit is on the students' original stories. Each student will have an opportunity to "tie it all together", with an assortment of events of his or her own creation, surrounded by an effective introduction and conclusion. The project includes student handouts with exemplars, an assessment rubric, and a participation certificate.