My students have really grown in their ability to choose words that hook in their readers, and I wanted to make sure they continued to apply these strategies to their informational writing. I believe there is no better way to do this than to share some great mentor texts. Here are a few of my favorites and what I like best about the leads.
Wilma Unlimited has to be one of my all time favorite informational texts because Wilma Rudolph is one of my personal heroes. I love how the lead sets her up as an underdog. The repeated phrases showed me her personal and family strength right from the beginning.
I love how the lead in Alaska starts off with stereotypes. Right away, the text switches to vivid description to help expel those stereotypes.
I had to include a Seymour Simon book in the mix. Big Cats starts off with excellent description, including a metaphor.
After I shared these books with my students I sent them off to read a variety of informational books of their choice. They each selected a book with their favorite lead. I posted a shared document on Google Classroom where students could share great informational books and what they liked about the lead. Now, students have a reference if they are every stuck on composing their leads. Here is a sample of what my students found.
Do you have a favorite mentor text for teaching informational leads? I would love to hear your suggestions, as I am always looking to build up my classroom library.
Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the weekend!