"Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful girl
named Esmeralda that never laughed."

Many children's stories begin with the words "Once upon a time." Right away, you know it is probably a fairy tale - full of castles, princesses, and maybe a bit of magical happening.

This book is not fiction. It will be filled with information about sharks around the world.

The first line of a story should give the reader enough information to want to read the rest of the story. (Sometimes, it will take more than one sentence to tell the beginning information.) It should tell -


Find your favorite book. Look at the first sentence. 
Does it give the WHO, WHEN or WHERE, and WHAT of the story?

Tell me the name of the book, the author, and the first sentence.

Write an interesting first sentence of your own story.

Email it to me.

I'm interested in how your book begins. 

"Sharks come in many sizes
and can be found in every ocean of the world."



1. Did you read your story out loud?
2. Did you double check your spelling?
3. Did you capitalize and punctuate correctly?
4. Did you use interesting vocabulary?
5. Did you write a good beginning and ending? 

(the main character)
Is it about an ugly duck or an old beggar man?

(the setting)
Does it take place on a farm or in the wild west?

(the plot)
Is the story funny or mysterious?

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