Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Hooks Powerpoint: or, How to Get a Reader’s Attention

By on March 24, 2008

 Here’s how I have set up this lesson:   

Having been trained in the America’s Choice Writer’s Workshop as well as History Alive, I have my students keep a Writer’s Journal with a running Table of Contents.  This is a journal that serves as a student-created textbook of sorts.  If your class doesn’t keep such a journal, having them take notes and keeping it in their binder will do as long as the students have access to the information as a reference guide to use in writing any essays that come their way.

The following Powerpoint should be shown in conjunction as students take notes on how to write a proper Hook.  It allows for student choice because it teaches so many different styles .  At the time of its creation, I was teaching CORE (Language Arts and History) so the examples I have used integrate both subjects.  The subject for the mythical essay that I am writing is “The Plague” so you’ll notice that the Hooks cover the same topic but in different ways to introduce the same paper.  

I begin with examples from my classroom library, and then the Powerpoint launches into the note-taking part of the show.  The students will create a list of possible Hooks.  I generally have them write down the titles in pink but not the examples in yellow.  However, you can instruct your students as you see fit and have them write the examples as well.

Although an awesome Hook should be used with any genre of paper, at the time that I teach this lesson, I am generally teaching revision of their Narrative Stories.  In other words, the students have a Rough Draft already written and the activity at the end of the Powerpoint is to help them bump up their level of Hook. However, you can use this Powerpoint and not the activity at the end, as a means to teach Hooks prior to assigning a Rough Draft.

You may revise this Powerpoint for use in your classroom only.  

I hope you find this useful.  Enjoy.

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