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L.A. 
To write sentence 
openers for the 
start of a story 
that engage the 
reader.
TASK: 
Read these story openers. 
Discuss which ones are exciting and which ones are dull and 
boring? 
Amy and her best f...
DO NOT CONTINUE 
UNLESS YOU HAVE IDEAS 
ABOUT WHAT MAKES A 
GOOD SENTENCE 
OPENER.
ALL GOOD STORY OPENINGS: 
GRAB YOUR 
ATTENTION 
MAKE YOU 
WANT TO 
READ ON.
Let’s look at 4 different ways to start 
the story’s opening sentence. 
In the middle of action 
Contradiction 
Unexpected...
“In the middle of the action” 
Suddenly the scream pierced the night. I leapt to my feet. I 
stood totally motionless. All...
“Contradiction” 
Some days I loved Anne, but on others I hated her. 
I felt as cold as ice but then my skin felt as hot as...
“Unexpected or strange 
happenings” 
I dragged myself up the face of the clock and then 
sat on the second hand wondering ...
“Asking the reader a question” 
Have you ever wondered why things 
happen the way they do? Is there 
something or someone ...
Discuss with a partner about the 
techniques you should use to 
engage the reader with your 
opening sentences. 
Be ready ...
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Writing using suspense and sentence openers!

You are wondering how to write a story using suspense and want to make a Reader Read on?Then you are on the correct slide.This is were I can feed your brain with information about engaging a reader to READ ON!

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Writing using suspense and sentence openers!

  1. 1. L.A. To write sentence openers for the start of a story that engage the reader.
  2. 2. TASK: Read these story openers. Discuss which ones are exciting and which ones are dull and boring? Amy and her best friend Rachel were walking to school. “Just jump,” roared Sam. It was a bright, hot, summery day. The bomb exploded exactly at half past twelve. Most people think that ghosts do not exist. Suddenly the scream pierced the night. One day Jack was on his way to the shops. Have you ever wondered what it might be like to fall from a plane and not have your parachute open? Make a list with your partner about what you think makes them exciting?
  3. 3. DO NOT CONTINUE UNLESS YOU HAVE IDEAS ABOUT WHAT MAKES A GOOD SENTENCE OPENER.
  4. 4. ALL GOOD STORY OPENINGS: GRAB YOUR ATTENTION MAKE YOU WANT TO READ ON.
  5. 5. Let’s look at 4 different ways to start the story’s opening sentence. In the middle of action Contradiction Unexpected or strange happenings Asking the reader a question
  6. 6. “In the middle of the action” Suddenly the scream pierced the night. I leapt to my feet. I stood totally motionless. All was silent . . . and then it came again, only this time closer to us. Then the explosion ended the life I had once held with such little regard. I felt soil and mud raining down on me and when the noise stopped and movement ceased I found that I was partly buried and could barely move myself. I dropped the container marked “Dangerous. Handle with care,” and the world seemed to slow down. I could swear that minutes passed between it leaving my fingers and crashing to the ground with such terrible consequences. I tripped and found myself rolling towards the cliff edge. I drank the contents of the bottle and then realised what a dreadful mistake I had made. TASK: Have a go at writing your own example of this type of opener.
  7. 7. “Contradiction” Some days I loved Anne, but on others I hated her. I felt as cold as ice but then my skin felt as hot as fire. TASK: Using opposites, write your own contradiction opening. hot / cold love / hate young / old peaceful / scared tiny / large
  8. 8. “Unexpected or strange happenings” I dragged myself up the face of the clock and then sat on the second hand wondering what to do. I didn’t know that I could breathe underwater until I fell into the deep end and found myself sitting happily on the bottom! TASK: Now write a opening when you were part of a strange and unexpected happening.
  9. 9. “Asking the reader a question” Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do? Is there something or someone manipulating us like we’re little toy figures? Well, let me tell how I know what really happens and why. TASK: What have you just discovered that others should hear about? Write a couple of sentences to engage the reader and make them want to read more.
  10. 10. Discuss with a partner about the techniques you should use to engage the reader with your opening sentences. Be ready to share your thoughts in a minute.

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