Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Reel in your readers!

Hey everyone! I'm so jealous of all of you that are going to be out of school soon. For some, it's only a matter of days before you get to enjoy summer! Here in the  OC, we still have plenty of school days left. 

My kiddos have been working on narrative writing. To teach them how to write more interesting beginnings to their stories, I first shared several different book beginnings  from real authors and we charted how the author began his or her story (dialogue, question, onomatopoeia, suspense, etc.). The next day, I gathered several (over 15) books and put them all over the desks and tables. The students wandered around the classroom and read the beginnings of different books using the "Fishing for Strong Hooks" chart below. They had so much fun and they're now using better openings to their stories rather than, "One day..." or "Once upon a time..." Feel free to click on the picture below to download.

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