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A Good Story Opening

2FB have been looking at story openings. They have browsed through a number of texts to find a ‘good’ one. When asking the question about what makes a good opening the replies were varied.

“I like funny books that will make me laugh”, said Tommy, “There is one about being flushed down the toilet!”

“I like this pony book because it makes me want to find out about what happens to the pony”, commented Isabel and

“Stories that are about armies are good” Archie said.

We discussed the ‘hook’ that is important to capture the reader’s attention and the reason why we all want to read on.

In their quest to find a good opening they were then set the task to write their own. In pairs the children worked hard to write an exciting opening. We particularly liked Lara and Imogen’s who worked together to create this opening.

One cold night Clara crept down the creaky stairs and looked out of the window. Clara was amazed, she saw glittering snowflakes. Clara suddenly heard a strange sound coming from the chimney. She looked behind her back and saw smoke coming down the chimney. She ran upstairs to her bed quickly. Then she knew that Father Christmas would not see her.

It made me want to read on and find out what might happen to Clara, I’m hooked!

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