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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
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
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
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
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
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?
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Apply & Experiment:

Now you try each one of thesefor your story:

here are some other possible hook ago ideas for you
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
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 you1
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
Here are some more Lead/Hook/AGO examples for you.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW-h_bnNL9A
think pair share
Think Pair Share
  • Share your Hooks with your partner.
  • Give each other some great feedback on which is most effective.
drafting focus points
Drafting Focus Points:
  • Main Trait Focus =

DESCRIPTION:

Figurative language,

Literary & Narrative Elements, Adjectives

  • Support Traits Focus:

Voice & Conventions

Adjectives

Dialogue

Idea Development

Sentence Fluency

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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.