So her school began to pilot Traits Writing from Ruth Culham (published by Scholastic). One day the teacher gave a lesson that she found in Traits Writing about BOLD beginnings. Since then the teacher never had to read once upon a time again...THE END!
Ruth Culham introduces 4 BOLD beginnings...
Fun Fact...writer states a fact.
Listen Up...writer describes a sound.
When and Where: The writer sets the time and place right away.
Start the Action: The writer makes something happen.
I designed four posters that I have displayed in my classroom for students to refer back to when writing. Click on the pictures below to download it for free! Since I have introduced this concept to my students, I have seen a lot more creative and interesting beginnings. Students see the introduction to their writing as a way of HOOKING the reader.