NARRATIVE WRITING: SIZZLING STARTS AND BACKFILL
It’s the start of an essay that needs to grab the reader’s attention and this mini unit will scaffold the writing of sizzling starts and the technique of Backfill for the narrative writing genre. The sample sizzling starts, backfills, and organisers will facilitate your students to write their own impressive starters. Moreover the option to use QR Codes will make your students all the more enthusiastic about writing.
✓ Cover Sheet for Booklet.
✓ sample starts x 1 sheet: sizzling and non-sizzling for students to analyse.
✓ Moment of Action sheet x 1 and writing sheet for students to brainstorm the moment of action starters for given topics.
✓ Moment of Action sheet x 1 and writing sheet for students to brainstorm their own story ideas and moment of action events.
✓ Writing Sizzling Starts Sheets (x 3) featuring six topics requiring students to write their own sizzling starts. Option to use QR Codes as stated below.
✓ Writing Sizzling Starts QR Code Sheets (x 2) featuring four topics requiring students to write their own sizzling starts.
✓ QR Code Sheet (x1) to cut apart and place around the classroom for students to find.
✓ Technique of sample backfill Sheet x 1
✓ Writing a Backfill sheet featuring four sizzling starts for students to write a brief backfill on.
✓ Sizzling Starts and Backfill puzzle sheets x 2 featuring four sizzling starts and backfills. Students have to cut apart the puzzle pieces and match each backfill to its sizzling start.
✓ Sizzling Start and Backfill Collaborative Fun x 2 sheets for students to work collaboratively in small groups to write a sizzling start and backfill on a visual prompt.
✓ Sizzling Start and Backfill individual practice x 4 sheets for students to write a sizzling start and backfill on a visual prompt.
✓ Sizzling Start and Backfill (x 1) sheet for students to write a sizzling start and backfill on an event of choice.
✓ Graphic organisers x 8 for students to brainstorm story ideas prior to writing a sizzling start and applying the technique of backfill.
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