Leads in Narrative Writing

The beginning, a very good place to start, is also a very difficult thing to craft. Provide your writers with this handout that identifies, and provides examples of, six different types of narrative leads.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask writers to draft a lead of each type for their story, an activity which not only provides practice, but also lets them choose the one that best suits the tone of their tale
  • Have kids share leads with their writing groups 
Pros

  • None
Cons

The Snapshot Lead example needs to be revised to eliminate inconsistencies