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Old 09-27-2007, 10:09 PM
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Leads in Writing!

Do you do any neat lessons for teaching about leads in writing? Some are doing phenomenally! That's next week's primary focus and goal. What do you suggest?
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Old 09-28-2007, 01:33 PM
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Writing leads

We look through a variety of books to good leads and chart them.
This site has a good list to use as a reference

Also "Teaching That Makes Sense" has some great PDF files for teaching writing, including good 'beginnings' as they call them.

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Old 09-28-2007, 05:57 PM
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Do you have a Promethean Board?
"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet."
Roger Miller
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Old 09-29-2007, 10:27 AM
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We share a lot of leads in trade books, both good and bad, and have a class discussion. We also talk about different ways to start a piece, like an exciting event, a quotation, dialog, etc.. Then the kids write two different leads for their pieces and conference in small groups to get feedback from peers on which is better.
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:08 PM
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Since we're doing expository, we may look at some leads that start newspaper articles (in the school newspaper) as well as magazine articles. I am also distributing a neat sheet tomorrow- and even discussing one student's lead from last week that was a multiple choice question! It worked! It was awesome!
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:06 PM
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We have a great program that we use here in CT. It is called Empowering Writers. I just went to an expository workshop last week. It was fantastic. I takes you through the steps to writing an expository piece. Check out their website, Empoweringwriters.com (I think?). If not, Google Empowering Writers.
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:47 PM
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Check into TQW (Teaching Quality Writing) by Ralph Fletcher. It is inexpensive, and very teacher friendly and the students love to write using it.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:26 PM
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I'll check everything!

Here are some of my PHENOMENAL leads- that I didn't help one inch with.

Winds at 100 miles per hour, windows creaking.
What should you do at a time like this?

A. Panic
B. Run around in a circle like a crazy person
C. Get everything together

The answer is C. get everything together so that is
what I am supposed to do right now. Okay, my
checklist… get a lot of food, make sure you have
a lot of water, and supply yourself with a
generator. Okay, check, check, and check!

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Okay, let’s vote on the neatest place in the world. These
are your choices.

Hershey, Pennsylvania
San Antonio, Texas
New York City, New York

I’d pick A. Hershey, Pennsylvania. Let me tell you why: it
has a theme park, some historical attractions, and

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“What light through yonder window breaks, it is the east and Juliet is the sun!” Yes, I am quoting Shakespeare. Dwane “The Rock” Johnson, Anne Hathaway, and Nicole Kidman all are famous actors, but they started in their first play or movie. I love to act and it is my goal to be outstanding at it. I LOVE acting because it is fun, everybody is nice, and it gives me something to do.

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Ahh, ohh, eh, I hear the screams of the people as they fly by on Sheikra! You now know you have arrived at Busch Gardens. You would want to see the Egypt exhibit, go through river rapids, and ride a train into an African grassland.

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The television is off and you’re listening to the pounding rain. The storm barely started and you can tell it’s going to last a long time. You are trying to not cry of being so miserable. But there are things you can do such as playing a game or taking a bath. You could also wait it out by watching television.
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:02 PM
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You've got some great writers! I want to teach a lesson that has them doing the multiple choice thing... great.
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:08 AM
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Wow, Ms. J, those are great leads!!
'It is today we must create the world of the future.' Eleanor Roosevelt
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