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Potential Hooks. Grabbing the reader so they don’t let go!. Begin with a simile or a metaphor. My life has been a carnival. My family is like an open book. Begin with a question. Who is the greatest athlete of all times?. Begin with a definition.

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potential hooks
Potential Hooks
  • Grabbing the reader
  • so they don’t let go!
begin with a simile or a metaphor
Begin with a simile or a metaphor.

My life has been a carnival. My family is like an open book.

begin with a question
Begin with a question

Who is the greatest athlete of all times?

begin with a definition
Begin with a definition.

Amiable is the best way to describe my personality: I am friendly and caring. Perfect is the best adjective to describe me: I am flawless in every aspect of my life.

begin with a quotation book song poem etc
Begin with a quotation (book, song, poem, etc).

“Learn to laugh” is something my kindergarten teacher told me after Ralph Thorsen spilled paint on my daffodil picture.

begin with placing yourself in the future
Begin with placing yourself in the future.

In the year 2012 I see myself as a supreme ballerina performing in Camelot at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

begin with a dilemma
Begin with a dilemma.

Deciding to attend Hampton Roads Academy, a private school, was one of my most difficult decisions.

begin with a scene
Begin with a scene.

The day of my birth began with Hurricane Charlie pounding at our door in Charleston, South Carolina.

begin with the best advice you have ever received
Begin with the best advice you have ever received.

“Butch, did you practice the piano?” Since I was six years old, this has been a daily reminder from my dear mother. “Be all you can be” has been my inspiration from my grandfather who is a retired Marine Corps colonel and my mentor.

begin with an anecdote
Begin with an anecdote.

Anecdote:

  • a usually short narrativeofan interesting, amusing, or biographical incident
  • a short story about an interesting or funny event or occurrence 

As my cousin and I pedaled our new bikes to the beach, 6 years old, suntanned and young, we met an old, shaggy-haired man weaving unsteadily on a battered old bike.

make a confessional type statement
Make a confessional-type statement.

"I have to admit, I lost my cool the other day"

"Can I tell you something? I made a bad business decision."

write lines of dialogue
Write lines of dialogue.

“Why are cleaning the taps with your toothbrush, grandma?”

“That is the way I learned in the war.”

use a fact or statistic
Use a fact or statistic.

Fact: Many studies show that the biological sleep pattern for teens shifts a few hours, which means teens naturally stay up later and feel alert later in the morning.

Statistic: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, teens and young adults experience the highest rates of violent crime, a rate of 62%.

use a sound word
Use a sound word.

Onomatopoeia is a word that makes sounds. Those can be animal sounds, car sounds, or any other sound.

Examples include: Bang! Woof! or Cock-a-doodle-doo!

evaluate
Evaluate

Which hooks are best for narratives, and which hooks are best for AP?

apply
Apply

Revise your introduction by writing one of the discussed hook strategies.

Challenge yourself to try something different!

resources
Resources

Thank you Ana from http://www.thewritertoday.com/2009/07/10-writing-hooks.html