Lesson 7 of 9
Objective: SWBAT engage a reader through the use of an enticing lead.
Introduction to Leads
Today, I wanted to show students a variety of leads that they could easily begin incorporating into their writing. I presented a short Lead Power Point with some examples.
Snapshot Lead – creating a picture in the reader’s mind
Flashback Lead – taking the reader back in time to an incident
Question – asking a thought-provoking question
Onomatopoeia – beginning with a sound
Action – having the character moving about
Dialogue – begin with a conversation.
While viewing the power point, students took notes about the six types of leads being discussed.
As we discussed the lead examples, I pointed out that “Question” needed to be thought-provoking where the reader begins to wonder, not where the reader can just answer “yes” or “no”.
As a class, we referred to narratives recently read in class. Students re-read the leads and identified the type that was used. They also explained their reasoning.