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