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Leads interesting openings. Narratives – fiction or nonfiction. LEAD/Interesting opening. The PURPOSE of the lead is to excite and draw the reader in so the reader will want to continue to read. The lead SETS the tone and gets the piece moving.

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Leads interesting openings

Leadsinteresting openings

Narratives – fiction or nonfiction


Lead interesting opening
LEAD/Interesting opening

  • The PURPOSE of the lead is to excite and draw the reader in so the reader will want to continue to read.

  • The lead SETS the tone and gets the piece moving.

  • LENGTH: A lead can be several sentences or several paragraphs in length. The leads of books may last several pages or fill an entire chapter. The lead for your personal narrative will most likely be one or two paragraphs.

  • HOOKS

  • the reader.

  • Note: A poor lead will discourage the reader from reading your story.


Introduces the problem
INTRODUCES THE PROBLEM

  • The author sometimes introduces the problem that needs to be solved at the very beginning of the story.

Zlatehthe Goat by Isaac Bashevis Singer


Action
ACTION

  • Authors sometimes bring us directly into the action of the story.

  • An action lead:

  • ∙uses strong, vivid verbs.

  • ∙throws the reader into the

  • action.

Becky and the Wheels and Brake Boys

by James Berry


Dialogue
dialogue

the reader by using conversation between two characters. That conversation can suggest conflict in the story or reveal elements of character.

Shrinking Violet, by Cari Best


Characterization
characterization

  • The author introduces a character through description of physical appearance (external traits) or personality (internal traits).

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling


Description or visualization
DESCRIPTION OR VISUALIZATION

  • The author creates a mental image for the reader of what is going on using vivid verbs and adjectives.

DON’T TELL.

SHOW,

Inkheartby Cornelia Funke


Setting
setting

  • The author describes the

  • TIME

  • and

  • PLACE

  • of the story.

Sensory details

Descriptive, vivid adjectives

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cryby Mildred Taylor


Foreshadow
Foreshadow

  • The author starts the story with CLUES about an exciting event that will occur later in the story.

Your Move by Eve Bunting


Flashback
FLASHBACK

  • Ascene from the past brings information into the present so the reader can understand the character and/or scene better.

Mosaic Moe

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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer


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