Narrative writing: What makes a good opening?

In this lesson, we will start with a quick quiz. We’ll then be defining exactly what the ingredients of a narrative piece are before moving on to examine how to write an effective opening. In order to do this, we’ll look at the example of George Orwell’s 1984 as well as reviewing the opening from our set text Samphire. You'll then have an opportunity to plan a narrative and write your own opening paragraph to try out your learning from the session. As usual, a learning recap quiz will then be available to consolidate today’s learning content.

Introductory Quiz

This quiz will help you to check any previous learning on this topic, and re-cap anything you may have forgotten. Once you have completed this, click ‘Close Quiz’ and then ‘Next’ below.


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  • Click "Close Video"
  • Click "Next" to view the activity

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Final Quiz

This quiz is a great way for you to test your learning from this lesson.

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