Revising for Organization and Style: Bold Beginnings

Get young writers thinking about how to write a great beginning for their narratives. After examining examples of strong beginnings in literary text, young writers discuss the criteria for a compelling introduction. Then, independently, they write their own bold beginnings for their narratives. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Keep the text and completed work in an individual folder for organization
  • Prompts pairs to partner read the texts
  • Make copies of completed anchor charts for learners to put in their work folders for reference
Classroom Considerations

  • The 11th part of 16 lessons that focus on writing a historical fiction narrative set in Colonial America
  • You'll need to transfer the anchor chart template onto large chart paper
  • Class members add to an ongoing rubric for self-assessment
  • Provide a separate sheet of paper for your class to write introductory paragraphs
  • The texts featured in this lesson carry forward into the next lesson

  • Resource contains two reading passages, clearly outlined lesson procedures, vocabulary, and homework ideas
  • Common Core designed

  • None
Common Core