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.
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.