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Strong Leads and Closing Lines for Narratives {Printable Resource}

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Common Core Standards
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Open with a POW! and Close with a BANG!

Can’t get your students to start a narrative with anything other than the “Have you ever …???” question? And when it comes to ending a narrative, do they struggle because they don’t know how to end one other than with the words “The End?” Then these reference sheets are for you!

Open with a POW! is a reference sheet with 13 different ways for students to start a narrative. The reference sheets include a description of the technique plus an example.

Close with a BANG! is a reference sheet with 9 different ways students can begin to wrap up the final moments of a narrative. The reference sheets include a description of the technique plus an example.

All reference sheets are in black and white. Two versions are included in this PDF file.

Version #1 is two pages. It is designed to be copied front-and-back and will be convenient for students to place in binders or folders.

Version #2 is one page. All techniques are placed on one side of the paper. It is designed to either be a one-page reference so that copying is reduced, or it can be cut apart and glued into a folder or composition book.

These reference sheets can provide direct support for CCSS ELA Writing Standard 3.A and 3.E on multiple grade levels by engaging and orienting the reader and demonstrating ways to provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.


Before you purchase, why not go take a look at my bundle that includes this product? The Goldilocks Examples, Task Cards, and Handouts Bundle includes all of these handouts, plus a 10-slide PowerPoint that demonstrates use of 10 of the opening and closing techniques, using “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” as inspiration. Included with this bundle are 20 task cards that invite students to try the techniques themselves (as individuals or small groups) using “Little Red Riding Hood” as inspiration.

Click here to view this bundle of PowerPoint, task cards and the Open with a POW! and Close with a BANG! handouts.
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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