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Practicing Essay Hooks

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Sometimes the hardest part of an essay is getting students to write an exciting and intriguing hook (or eye-catcher).

This worksheet does several things and is editable to fit your students' levels and needs!

First, I assign an essay and tell the students that after developing their thesis, they will write 4 different hooks to choose from.
This assignment also encourages the use of other literary techniques such as imagery, parallelism, allusion, etc.

Second, I use an interactive notebook in my class, so after the assignment is finished and/or graded, cut along the dotted lines to fit in any composition notebook!

Third, I have seen how this activity/assignment encourages students to be thinkers. Since I teach high school, I tell students that we can grow up and move away from the simple rhetorical question. This activity requires critical and creative thinking.

Fourth, my students now have proof that sometimes the second, third, and fourth try is actually better than what they thought was "good" the first time. They are beginning to see the value in revising, editing, and revising again!

Lastly, my students have found that while it can be challenging, it is rewarding to see that they can indeed develop a great hook to begin their essay!
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