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SWBAT engage a reader through the use of an enticing lead.

Big Idea

Catch the reader's attention!

Introduction to Leads

20 minutes

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”.

Identifying Leads

15 minutes

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.

Sample Leads from Literature

15 minutes

In small groups, students took out their independent reading novel and located the “Lead” to the novel.  Together they discussed the type lead each author used and the effect upon the reader.