Some of the most boldly creative, descriptive, and memorable opening lines involve skies. From the classics to modern writing, over 350 of them can be found in this 36 page Word document of opening lines from stories. Some are short, powerful, and to the point, like these:
The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.
The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
A screaming comes across the sky.
Poisoned rain speared from an acid sky.
The dark green bombs fell from a milky sky.
None of them knew the color of the sky.
At dusk they pour from the sky.
Nothing in the sky with nothing.
Ash fell from the sky.
For other longer and more eloquently imaginative beginnings to stories, check out this sky-filled collection of opening lines.
The collection includes selected opening lines from juvenile, young adult, and adult books in all genres. They are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the author for your convenience. Each entry includes the author, title, and date of the story.
Included are some ways you can use the collection of Opening Lines in the classroom to help improve reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and analytical skills.
As a lifelong reader and 15-year librarian, I have had access to literally tens of thousands of books, and I have collected these lines over a number of years (decades actually). I have personally viewed each book, verified each line, and keyed them all in myself.
Great for enhancing your lesson plans, Web and Year Book pages, newsletters, flyers, bookmarks, posters, and other educational and promotional materials for your library or classroom, you’re sure to find something here that you can use.
All the Opening Lines fall under the Fair Use guidelines of the Copyright Act and though they remain the property of the copyright holder, feel free to use them in the classroom as you please. They are presented in a user-friendly Word format so it’s easy to print, to do key-word searches (control + f), and to copy-and-paste.
This is just one of many such collections in the Literary Opening Lines series. See our other offerings for opening lines that contain animals, lines that ask questions, one-and-two word lines, lines that feature libraries and librarians, etc.