Have you ever read a book and been absolutely hooked from the first page? Or noticed how so many movies throw you straight into the middle of an epic battle or action scene from the very first second?
If you answered ‘yes’, then you know what a Sizzling Start is! A start that captures a reader’s or viewer’s attention immediately, compelling them to keep reading or watching.
But did you know that Sizzling Starts are really easy to teach, and they’re one of the quickest ways to improve student writing and build confidence?
See the difference you can make
After just a few fun and collaborative lessons, you’ll quickly see how using Step 2: Sizzling Starts can have a huge effect on student writing. Mastering the start can even help with NAPLAN – there are 6 marks up for grabs for demonstrating the capacity to, ‘orient, engage and persuade the reader’ (Audience).
Check out these samples of student writing:
These students were taught to start at the ‘Moment of Change’. Check out the ‘After’ texts as they jump straight into the action (not at the boring start of the day) to get their reader utterly engrossed.
The same applies to persuasive writing: the introduction is the hook that engages the reader and makes them want to read more. You can show children that they don’t need to ‘state their case and list their reasons’ as a beginning. Instead, they can be creative and stand out from the crowd!
The introduction to an information report needs to give the reader a quick insight into the topic, but even more importantly, it needs to make the reader want to keep reading. Show students how to use ‘sticky’ facts, and, for real power, how to combine a fact with a technique to draw the reader in.
When you blush, the lining of your stomach turns red.
Use a question.
Have you ever experienced a mega-blush? I mean the huge, spreading hot wave of embarrassment that seems to take over your whole head. Did you know that your stomach lining – yes, inside you! – turns red, too?
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And remember, while a Sizzling Start is vital to great writing, it’s only the beginning. Once your students have mastered them, use all Seven Steps to transform your students into great writers of full texts!