Narrative Essay-Small Moments Writing Strong Openings. Identify/Define: Leads, Hooks, Attention Grabbing Openers (AGOs). Why do we have to do this? Effective and dramatic openers are designed to grab a reader’s attention…like a hook grabs a fish. Hook, Lead or Attention Grabbing Opener ( AGO).
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Identify/Define:Leads, Hooks, Attention Grabbing Openers (AGOs) Why do we have to do this? Effective and dramatic openers are designed to grab a reader’s attention…like a hook grabs a fish.
Hook, Lead or Attention Grabbing Opener (AGO) • A hook, lead or AGO is the part of your story that compels or forces an audience to sit up and pay attention. • It should come at the beginning of your story where it will get your reader on the hook! (symbolically, of course). • It will impress your audience so that they want to keep reading.
Visualize:We see hooks in movies and TV all the time • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1-nt5_bRlQ • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl3O6DMsJgI
Evaluate:Which Lead, AGO or hook is better? Why? • "We're going to go on a dive into the deep blue sea.” • "I study ants . . . in the desert, in the tropical forest, in my kitchen, and in the hills around Silicon Valley, where I live.”
Apply & Discuss:What was the Hook for your independent reading book? • What did the author include to get your attention? • Does it have dialogue? • Is it funny? • Does it have figurative language? • Does it make you ask questions?
Apply & Experiment: Now you try each one of thesefor your story:
Here are some other possible Hook AGO ideas for you: • Ask a thought provoking question. • Words from the Wiser. Use your theme in the form of a cliché or idiom. • State a well known quotation. • Foreshadowing-give readers a hint at what is coming up.
Here are some other possible Lead/Hook/AGO ideas for you: • Name Dropping. Use an allusion that your audience will be familiar with that works well with your story. • Show, don’t tell. As I stepped onto the dark stage, my sweaty hands trembled and my pulse was racing. • Magic 3-Triples As I looked into her beautiful green eyes, I thought to myself, “What if my hair is messed up? What if there is something in my teeth? What if I say something stupid?”
Here are some other possible Lead/Hook/AGO ideas for you: • Joke-Start off with something funny. • Onomatopoeia • Metaphor or Simile to describe the theme or the setting. • Dialogue-start with an engaging conversation • List it.
Here are some more Lead/Hook/AGO examples for you. • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW-h_bnNL9A
Think Pair Share • Share your Hooks with your partner. • Give each other some great feedback on which is most effective.
Drafting Focus Points: • Main Trait Focus = DESCRIPTION: Figurative language, Literary & Narrative Elements, Adjectives • Support Traits Focus: Voice & Conventions Adjectives Dialogue Idea Development Sentence Fluency
Your objective: I will create a small moments personal narrative that entertains using vivid description and elements of a story. • Personal Narrative: Small Moment • Purpose for Writing: To Entertain • Goal: Tell a true story using descriptive writing that that includes narrative elements to entertain your reader.