Reading like Writers

Daily Prompt

WN #14: Amazing First Lines

I have placed a stack of books at each of your tables.  Look through them and write down the first line you like the best in your notebook.  Write down briefly what you like about it.

Let’s discuss what makes these effective first lines and HOW the writers did it.


Now, for 30 minutes, I’d like you to read silently.



Now, until the end of class, I’d like you to jot down one word (an adjective) to describe the tone of the passage (somber, ecstatic, sarcastic).  Explain how the author created this tone and provide some examples.

Be prepared to share in class tomorrow.






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