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Writing a Good Lead?

Language Arts | Writing 


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I want to introduce the concept Writing Good Leads for Writer's Workshop with a brief mini lesson before having them go back to try rewriting the beginnings to some of their stories in their folders.

How do you introduce this skill?
I am looking for any new ideas for grade 2 I can add to my bag of tricks.:D


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Writing Leads

Google Writing Good Leads powerpoint and choose the one that is I believe from Nebo School District. It gives the different types of leads as well as gives some great examples from different books! Good Luck!


Senior Member
Find leads you like

and share them with the class. Then try to write a similar lead. I love the lead in Because of Winn Dixie.

Ellie's Mom

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Task Cards for Leads

I'd posted these on another board but they might help.
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Great leads

I found books that matched the types of leads that I wanted to teach: Where, why, action, ect. I gave the books to the kiddos and had one at a time read just the first line and we wrote it on chart paper. Then we talked about what made it good (made us want to read on) and then, I let the kiddos "name" the leads using the ones that we had written down. Then, in a group I gave them each a sticky note to write a lead (we used a scary story). Then we all came back and shared the leads and catagorized them by what types they were.
The next day, we reviewed, then I sent them back to their seats to write 2 leads with a partner for a fall story. We catagorized those as well. The next day they did it on their own. Etc... I am sure you are getting my drift.
Now, if a kiddo has a hard time getting started we look at our Leads poster and they usually can go from there.
I also have kiddos who have written a great lead share at author's chair. (Can you tell this is what I am currently working on at school as well! :) )