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Write a Lively Lead. You Never Get a Second Chance for a “1 st Impression”. Who can remind us what a “lead” in your story is?. Think!. ON YOUR OWN: Take 1 minute and think about the lead you have written for your story. Do you think your current “lead” has room for any improvement?.

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Write a lively lead

Write a Lively Lead

You Never Get a Second Chance for a “1st Impression”



Think
Think!

  • ON YOUR OWN: Take 1 minute and think about the lead you have written for your story. Do you think your current “lead” has room for any improvement?


Study buddy
Study Buddy

  • Take 1 minute to talk with your study buddy. Ask each other if your current lead has room for improvement.


When you write a story think of your reader as a new kid you have invited to your birthday party
When you write a story, think of your reader as a new kid you have invited to your birthday party.









View your readers as the new kids at school
View your readers as her feel welcome.the new kids at school .


When they ring your doorbell and step inside, you’ve got to take them by the hand and show them around.


Otherwise they may get confused and disoriented
Otherwise they may get confused and disoriented. to take them by the hand and show them around.


A lead is the beginning of a piece of writing
A lead is the beginning of a piece of writing. to take them by the hand and show them around.





What makes this a strong lead? Stephanie, a 6th grader.


Has a strong voice-it sounds like someone talking to us. Stephanie, a 6th grader.

Introduces us to the writer before the subject.

Doesn’t even seem like a nonfiction piece at first.

Includes sensory details.

Has lots of accurate information.

Uses a question in the second paragraph.




Today I want you to think about your lead, both when you write and when you reread what you’ve written.



Study buddy questions
Study Buddy Questions grab the reader’s attention.

  • Does your lead sound like you?

  • Does your lead draw the reader into your story?

  • What could you do to make your lead stronger and more interesting?


Today s quiz
Today’s Quiz: grab the reader’s attention.

  • What is a “lead”?

  • Why is it important to have a strong lead?

  • Describe one way you could make your current lead stronger.


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