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Hook the Reader with Strong Introductory Paragraph Launch, Hooks, Writing Help

Laura Randazzo
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8 slides in Prezi and Google Slides; 1-page PDF handout (uneditable)
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Laura Randazzo


There are good ways to start an essay and lousy ways. With this mini-lecture and reference tool handout, students will learn four specific techniques to use to bust writer's block and bring their reader into their essay. Great ways to launch an essay are featured here with real-world, actual examples of how it's done. Match these lead-in styles with your students' individual essay topics and you'll never have to sign heavily when you start reading another essay. Students also appreciate having specific, concrete writing examples to model as they start their introductory paragraphs for their essays.

Package includes a visually appealing 8-slide lecture (includes both Prezi Next and Google Slides versions) and a PDF handout for students. The examples are modeled to begin a literary analysis essay.

Please note that this product is also sold as part of my larger short story unit, which you can see by clicking HERE. Don't purchase from this page if you've already bought the larger unit.

Also, this item is included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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Fish/Hook image credit: Pixabay, Public domain

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8 slides in Prezi and Google Slides; 1-page PDF handout (uneditable)
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