Writing the Opening
Essays, plays, meals, ceremonies, games, novels, classes, school years, doctor visits—anything that people experience sequentially has a beginning part. A successful opening must do a number of jobs:
- Invite the person into the experience
- Convince the person the experience will be worthwhile
- Orient the person to what is going on
- Launch the experience
The beginning of an essay or story must draw the reader into the mind of the writer, convincing the person to stay long enough to learn something. Teach students the opening strategies on this page (and those modeled throughout this book) to help them engage and orient readers.
The sample paragraph orients readers to a literary analysis that will play out over the next pages.