The opening words of a story, or a story’s lead, must hook the reader and get him/her excited about reading the rest of the story. It must hold the reader’s attention so that the reader will want to continue the reading adventure.
Included are pages that explain and focus on story lead strategies such as sound effect, dialogue, action, flashback, setting, character, and event. They also provide writing examples of each strategy.
The story lead practice cards can be used with trade books to help students practice identifying the leads in the stories. As the teacher or students read the beginning of a story they can match the lead to the correct corresponding card. The cards can be copied, colored, cut apart, and stapled together so that each student and teacher can have a reference resource. (A mini book) The cards can also be used in a pocket chart. There are blank cards that can be used for any additional lead strategies that you would like to add.
The My Story Lead practice worksheet is perfect for students to write and practice their own leads once they have learned and understand what those strategies are. There is a blank worksheet and one that has examples.
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