Friday, October 17, 2014

Crafting Leads: Lesson & Freebie

Happy Friday!  My students are currently working on writing realistic fiction stories.  This week, we focused on writing leads.  First, we discussed why leads are important and what they should include.  I modeled some strong leads using two of my favorite mentor texts.

After discussing these examples, we worked together to come up with this anchor chart.

After we had a list of strategies and examples, students went to work crafting their leads.  I gave them each this foldable so they could brainstorm  different leads that would work with their story.

For example, here are some leads for a story about a very gifted basketball player.  In fact, he became so good that he didn't feel he needed to attend practice anymore.  Needless to say, the plan for this basketball star is not good... until he learns his lesson and becomes part of the team again.

After students came up with three possible leads, they worked in groups of three to help each other refine the leads and choose the perfect way to begin their stories.

We are going to talk more about how beginnings are more than just a lead sentence.  Students will need to make sure their beginnings include an introduction to the main character and the setting should be stated or implied.

If you are interested in picking up a copy of this foldable, you can grab it here.

Thank you, and have a great weekend!

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