Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mentor Texts with Strong Leads

Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books!

Have you ever been reading a book, and made a mental note like I need to remember to refer to this book the next time I am teaching how to write a strong lead? And, if you're like me, you promptly forgot about it before taking the time to write yourself a note and place it in the correct file. This has happened to me more times than I care to count! As teachers, we are constantly noticing things we can use in our classrooms.

Recently, I was reading Three Times Lucky (a book recommended to me by my own fifth grader at home), and I was struck by the incredible lead used by the author, Sheila Turnage! Once again, I had that I have to remember this! moment. Instead of forgetting about it, though, this time my idea grew as I decided to take the time to find some strong lead examples, and share them with fellow teachers in a blog post.

I searched for a variety of leads, and these are some favorites that I ran across:

Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books! 


Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books! 

Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books! 


Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books!

Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books!

Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books! 

Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books! 

Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books! 



I included my other favorites (including the lead I mentioned above from Three Times Lucky) in my new Writing Leads PowerPoint. If this is something you might be able to use in your classroom, it is available in my TpT store- feel free to check it out!



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