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Hook ‘ em in. Close it out. Freshman Composition. What is a hook?. A hook is your creative and graceful entry into a topic. Should arouse the interest of the reader Compel the reader to keep reading Establish a tone Allow the rest of the paper to unfold. A good hook….

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Hook em in close it out

Hook ‘em in.Close it out.

Freshman Composition

What is a hook

What is a hook?

A hook is your creative and graceful entry into a topic.

A good hook

  • Should arouse the interest of the reader

  • Compel the reader to keep reading

  • Establish a tone

  • Allow the rest of the paper to unfold

A good hook…

Hook em in close it out

What does this hook or opening line do for you? Does it work? Not work? Raise questions? Explain.

How do i hook a reader

How do I hook a reader?

Dramatic anecdote

  • Tell a snippet of the story that the narrative will elaborate on

  • Ex) When I was 16 my cousin suggested that I take a job at a dress factory where she worked…

Dramatic Anecdote


  • Make the reader SEE, FEEL, HEAR, SMELL, or TASTE your story opening

  • Ex) Icy water swirls around the wading fly fisherman. With experience gained from thousands of casts, he deposits the tiny brown deer hair fly…


Begin with a dilemma

  • If your story is about making a tough choice, present that from the get-go

  • I really wanted those sneakers, but I also promised my friend I’d donate to her fundraiser…

Begin with a Dilemma

Present surprising facts statistics

  • Intrigue your audience by teaching them something they may not know

  • Ex) Concern about the hazards of tobacco is not new. In 1604 King James I of England officially condemned the use of tobacco…

Present Surprising Facts & Statistics

Use a fitting quotation

  • Famous AND appropriate quotes often help the reader connect your ideas to a larger issue or phenomena

  • They may also help your reader connect personally to your story

  • Ex) Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Use a Fitting Quotation

Ask a provocative question

  • If your story deals with or answers a question, raise the question for your reader!

  • Ex) Why would anyone give up a beach house on the Cape to spend the summer volunteering in a overcrowded, understaffed animal shelter?

Ask a Provocative Question

Define a key term

  • If there is a important but unknown word integral to your story, define it!

  • If there is a word that might have a vague definitions, or might have varied definitions, define it!

  • Ex) The term “hero” means many different things to different people. After one life changing fishing trip, I define a hero as. . .

Define a Key Term



Practice! Practice! Practice!

Wrapping it all up

Wrapping it all up:

How to close out your personal narrative


  • You need to close your paper in a way that’s fitting to the tone and topic of your paper

  • For example, if your paper is a somber paper about your grandma’s funeral, you probably shouldn’t end with, “And then we all went to a party”


Ways to close


In conclusion…

And so I learned…

In the end…

The End

And they lived happily ever after


  • Return to the hook

  • Give the audience something to think about

  • Make the reader see things in a new light

  • Demonstrate your growth

Ways to Close


  • With a partner, go back to the pieces we’ve read

  • How do they close out or wrap up their pieces so they make sense and keep with the tone of the piece?

  • What does the reader feel at the conclusion?


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