Here's a FREE resource to help your students craft different types of introductions or hooks and conclusions for their essays. The goal is to have a reference hanging in the classroom to refer to repeatedly during instruction and writing time so students commit these basic intro/hooks and concluding phrases to memory. I tell students these are simple examples to get us started and they can always craft something different or use other phrases. (These are basics they can try to get the writing juices flowing...)
You'll notice there are 2 versions of each poster: one simple, one more advanced. The lighter version may be used with younger students or those who struggle. Or, you might begin your instruction with the easier version, introducing fewer options at first, then move to using the more advanced versions.
I teach each type of intro/hook explicitly during writing mini-lessons.
Regarding the conclusions: Again, these are just a few examples. I like to keep the posters simple, clean, memorable. The box to the right serves to remind students that an effective conclusion does more than just 'sum up.' Can they add something unique or surprising? Something with great voice (so they go out with a 'bang!' with 'pizzazz')? Something truly memorable? Something funny or wise? (For example, for informative, think: What do all these facts mean--what is the deeper meaning here?) A call to action?
And, though these may be helpful, remember formulaic writing isn't very exciting to read. Get the writing juices flowing then innovate, have fun, be creative, take risks...make the writing scream (or quietly beckon) to be read!
I hope these posters are helpful to you and your writers! Enjoy!
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