Hook your reader with a powerful lead. How will students learn how to write a lead that makes the reader want more?
The first step is to read many, many leads and examine the purpose of that sentence and how it makes them feel. Reading leads written by the experts is an excellent place to start.
As a class, talk about the lead of every story that is shared. Keep a posting and tally of what kinds of leads are used and which ones the class likes the most. There are many different ways of classifying the types of leads. On the pages to follow you will find common pieces of literature and the lead from that book. These will get you started in keeping track of what kinds of leads you find.
Next, have students search through a stack of books to find and evaluate leads. Then rewrite poorly written leads. And finally write leads based on various scenarios.
This packet is filled with pages ready for you to use tomorrow. Print, laminate, copy and be ready to use with students.
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