How often do you hear "I don't know how to start!" ? That phrase drives me batty! So this year, I spent a full day trying out different openings. I didn't introduce this lesson as drafting, I just told my kids that we were going to try on a few different openings and then share. I put this image up on the SMARTboard and we discussed each of the possible openings we could use (my story was about a girl who runs a race, just barely loses, then practices and wins the next race).
The kids shared their possible openings with each other and the next day were ready to draft. Instead of struggling with what to write, I modeled how I could use my favorite opening to begin my story.
If you want to grab my model leads, the student hand out, my model opening paragraph and a rubric for the opening, click HERE!
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