Self-Potrait Written Chapter (Draft)

Self-Potrait Written Chapter (Draft)

Memorable Openings

Opening

What is the most memorable opening line of a book or short story that you have ever read? What about the most engaging opening scene of a movie?

  • Describe these most memorable openings. Don’t worry if you can’t remember exact details: just give the title, a general overview of the opening, and an explanation of why it stood out to you.

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Share your response with your teacher and classmates.

Features of a Strong Opening

Work Time

Based on your class discussion, what do you and your classmates feel makes a strong opening to a written piece or movie?

  • With your classmates, create a class chart titled Features of a Strong Opening.

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A Strong Opening for Your Written Chapter

Work Time

To help you get a strong start on the draft of your written chapter, review the message for your chapter that you came up with in the previous lesson’s Closing. Also, review the written chapter planning forms that you completed for homework: Anecdote and Details, Timeline, and Characters.

  • Start writing your draft. Try to include a strong opening that incorporates features you just discussed with your classmates. Don’t worry if you can’t think of an opening right away—sometimes writers find that the first lines of their work are the last ones that they write!

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Your Written Chapter Draft

Closing

Answer the following based on the writing you did for your draft.

  • How do you feel the work you did on your opening went?
  • What do you still have to accomplish to finish your draft?

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Your Written Chapter Draft

Homework

Keep working on your self-portrait.

  • Finish writing the draft of your written chapter.
  • Continue collecting artifacts for the various chapters of your self-portrait, checking off items on your Self-Portrait Checklist as you go.
  • Log your progress in your Planning Calendar.

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