This is an excellent, fun and challenging quiz to do with secondary school students in an English lesson. This quiz tests students' knowledge of children's and teen literature. There are 52 opening lines - one for every week of the year - for students to try and identify. Students must decide which story the opening line comes from. Depending on your students' ability, you can use the optional clues provided on each slide, available simply by clicking 'clue' on each slide. You can also challenge students to not only guess the story's title but also the story's author. There is plenty of scope for differentiation. Some notes for how to complete this activity are included in the 'notes' section the PowerPoint slides.
Sample opening lines:
"All children, except one, grow up." - Peter Pan
"Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy." - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
“I found him in the garage on a Sunday afternoon.” - Skellig
"My mother drove me to the airport with the windows rolled down. It was seventy-five degrees in Phoenix, the sky a perfect, cloudless blue.” - Twilight
“Sophie couldn’t sleep. A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right on her pillow.” - BFG
The opening lines range from The Hungry Caterpillar to The Fault in our Stars. This quiz is a fun thing to do at Christmas or at the end of term, or just as part of a reading lesson to encourage students to read by engaging them in the opening lines.
This quiz also offers opportunity for students to discuss which opening lines are their favourites, perhaps encouraging them to seek out the stories to read for themselves.