First impression counts.
That applies to writing as well.
In order to draw readers into your story and get them to continue reading, it is vital to have a captivating introduction.
Children very often do not know how to write a good introduction.
In the previous post on ways to develop your story when writing picture compositions, one of the points mentioned was to have a captivating opening. Having an interesting introduction is vital. There are many ways that we can begin a story.
Here are 3 ways that primary school children can begin their compositions with.
3 Great Ways to Begin a Composition
1. BEGIN WITH SPEECH (OR DIALOGUE)
Look at the picture above. How would students begin this piece of composition based on the picture?
A typical opening might be:
Last weekend, my parents had to go for a wedding dinner…
One fine evening, Jane was at home alone with her baby sister…
This is how you can begin the story with speech or dialogue instead:
“Don’t worry, Mum! I will look after Amy,” Jane told her mother as her parents waved goodbye and left. Jane’s parents had gone for a wedding dinner and she was left alone at home with her baby sister…
Or a simple dialogue, such as this:
“Remember to call us if there’s any problem,” Jane’s mother reminded her as they waved goodbye. “Don’t worry, Mum! Have fun!” Jane assured her mother.
2. BEGIN BY DESCRIBING THE CHARACTER
This is a picture showing a boy in a school library.
A typical story starter by lower primary children would go something like this:
One afternoon, John decided to visit the school library…
This is how you can begin by describing the character first:
John loves books more than anything else. He enjoys reading so much that all his friends call him “Mr. Bookworm”. John’s favourite place is the library and he can spend the entire day there. One day after school, John decided to visit the school library again…
Notice how much more captivating the second opening is, compared to the typical “One afternoon….”?
3. BEGIN WITH AN ACTION OR FEELING
Once again, a typical opening for the picture above would be the use of time or weather, such as,
Last evening, Mr. Lee took his dog for a walk after dinner…
It was a cool and breezy evening. Mr Lee decided to bring his dog out for a walk at the park…
We can start with an action instead.
Tinkle jumped (ACTION) and barked for joy (FEELING - HAPPINESS). His owner, Mr Lee, was getting ready to bring him out for his daily walk at the park.
Tinkle wagged its tail (ACTION) and dashed out (ACTION) the door, with Mr Lee pulling at the leash. “Slow down, Tinkle!” commanded Mr Lee…
Which opening sounds more interesting? I think it is pretty obvious, isn’t it?
Notice that these story starters were all written using very simple sentences. No big bombastic words were used. Yet, a small change to the typical story openings can give a refreshing touch to your story.
Try it with your child or students and see if it makes their story slightly more interesting!