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ERIC Number: ED480884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-28
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Leading to Great Places in the Elementary Classroom.
Roth, Sharon
The lead of a story is the beginning, and yet it can be the end if the reader is not entranced immediately. This lesson examines types of leads in prominent children's literature and asks grade 3 to 5 students to try their own hand at writing leads. During the two 40-minute lessons, students will: discuss their reactions to the leads from the various texts; compare different leads from young adult literature; develop a lead for a shared, read-aloud text; present their new lead orally and share why they selected the type of lead they utilized; and revise the lead in a piece of their own writing. The instructional plan, lists of resources, student assessment/reflection activities, and a list of National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) Standards addressed in the project are included. Attached are seven possible leads to read aloud to the class to demonstrate how setting, action, character, reflection, event, or dialogue can lead readers into a story. (RS)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MarcoPolo Education Foundation.; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.