Objective: The first line of the story is intended to peak a reader's interest. The objective of this lesson is to look at the way an author gets the reader's attention with the initial line.
1) Discussion: Ask the students how far they would read into a story before giving up on it if there was nothing that immediately peaked their interest.
2) Classwork: Have the students write a line to a story that is intended to grab the readers attention. Have the class read each of their lines and have their classmates comment on the method the students used in their lines.
3) Homework: Have the students look over past reader, class or otherwise, and find 2-4 books that have extremely gripping first lines. Have the students give the line and explain what is in the line that grabs their attention. Example would be "Marley was dead to begin...
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