Perhaps the biggest challenge faced by writing instructors in primary and secondary schools is teaching students how to begin a piece of writing. Frequently, the subject may be engaging, but the way to start is not or nonexistent. Just asking students to write a “topic sentence” isn’t enough instruction or motivation.
It is my firm and passionate belief that if a student begins a piece of writing with a strong, defined opening technique, the rest of the writing will flow and enable the writer to compose more interesting assignments from essays to memoirs to editorials to poetry.
The Golden Openers for Writing is a creative and effective solution to the challenge of how does a writing instructor teach students how to begin a piece of writing. It can be used before or after a brainstorming/researching/free writing session.
I developed this unique and flexible method over 25 years of teaching secondary language arts and college-level writing. I have found that is has never failed to teach writers how to open their pieces with flair, originality, and sink a hook into a reader from the opening paragraph or two. That’s what all good writing should aim for—command the reader’s attention from the get-go. The rest will follow.
The method works like this: I have invented 20 different techniques for opening a piece of writing, including:
1. A line of dialogue/conversation.
2. A brief scenario that illustrates your issue/content/tension/dilemma.
3. Start with ending of story and work back.
The teacher can adapt/revise this list in a variety of ways to suit the teacher’s academic needs. Once the teacher has decided on a prompt, subject or question, and conducted a prewriting activity (or not), the possibilities for using the list of techniques are endless.
Bring your classroom writing instruction to life with the Golden Openers method. It works.