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
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.
For additional resources for teaching the writing process, see the Writing Process and Prompts section of my store.
From Classroom in the Middle