Great Opening Lines

"She started to write because she needed an ear unattached to a mouth." Great first lines are hard to construct; however, with the tips and exercises included in this resource packet, crafting catchy hooks can be a little easier.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce class members to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest and have them submit first lines

  • Using first lines from great pieces of literature in the quiz is a great way to introduce readers to classics
  • Assigning a completion grade to the group activity reduces performance anxiety

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