Lesson Plan

Capture That Reader!

Everyone loves an intriguing introduction! Help your second graders hook their readers as they practice writing new and improved introductions to well-loved fictional stories in this fun writing lesson.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to capture their readers’ imaginations by composing original beginnings.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to think about the word “introduction” and what it means.
  • Have students turn to a partner and spend 30 seconds introducing themselves.
  • Explain that the best type of introduction makes you want to learn more. Often, writers will work hard to capture their readers’ attention by composing an interesting and original beginning. This is often called a “hook” to the story.
  • Read aloud the introductory paragraph from 2-3 fictional stories.
  • After hearing the introduction, discuss with the students whether they felt “hooked” and want to continue the story.