Explain to students that commentary leads, like all leads, must hook the reader.
Using the model texts from the Commentary Packet and any other examples you have used with students, show examples of various kinds of leads.
Some ways commentaries begin:
* A direct statement:
“Fashion is easy to copy: Counterfeiters buy the real item, take them apart, scan the pieces to make patterns, and produce almost perfect imitations.”
The Real Cost of Fake Goods
* An anecdote:
“Kyleigh D’Alessio never met 16-year-old John Clapper, the teenager Connecticut State Police say was the driver in Tuesday’s car accident in Griswold that killed four teenagers and critically injured a fifth.”
‘Kyleigh’s Law’ is not the Answer for Connecticut’s Young Drivers
* A statement that raised questions:
“With Democrats on the warpath over trade, there’s pressure for tougher international labor standards that would try to put Abakr Adoud out of work.”
Put Your Money Where Their Mouths Are
* A quote or reference to a quote
“Albert Einstein once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Starve, Get Aid, Repeat
Consider modeling how to write various kinds of leads for students.
Students write at least three possible leads for their commentaries.
After composing the leads, students consult with a partner, determining which leads provide the best “hook” and revise their commentaries accordingly.
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