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Welcome to this Lesson:

Powerful First Paragraphs

Can three random nouns launch a powerful story idea?

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Northern Nevada Writing Project Consultant Cindy Reynolds.

The mentor text:

Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure is a wonderful tale with a strong heroine. The first page of this text hooks its reader exceptionally well.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Opening paragraphs can be the roadmap of a story. In this lesson, students will read an engaging and well-crafted paragraph from Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure, which draws the reader in. They will use the style of the author to create their own opening paragraph as the basis for a story they would like to write by playing the serendipitous (random) noun game below. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is organization; the writer's goal is to write an introductory paragraph that would make any reader want to read more.  The support trait in this assignment is idea development; strong details and a unique story idea should be encouraged as students create their drafts.


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