Ten Ways to Begin an Essay

Classroom in the Middle
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Activity Sheets to practice various ways to start an essay - this resource includes activities for ten different essay beginnings with three types of essays. Each worksheet addresses one specific type of opening or one specific type of essay.

Here is what is included:

Activity Sheets for Ten Specific Methods

1. Ask a Question

2. State an Interesting Fact

3. Announce a New Discovery

4. Be Mysterious

5. Describe the Setting

6. Start with a Contrast

7. Share a Personal Detail

8. State Your Topic

9. Start with a Quote

10. Use Figurative Language

Activity Sheets for Three Essay Types

1. Narrative

2. Informative/Explanatory

3. Opinion/Argument

A Review of Essay Beginnings

A Chart of the Ten Openings

For each type of opening, students are presented with a general subject and asked to narrow it down to a specific topic of interest. Next, they are to try out several openings of that one specific type. After that, they think about how they would organize the rest of the whole essay and write the rest of a good opening paragraph for the essay.

The activities for each essay type are similar, but students are given leeway to choose opening types that they wish to use.

The Easel Activity is ready to use with answer boxes and directions already in place for student use.

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Total Pages
33 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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