This lesson walks students through the first few steps of crafting a personal narrative. Writers will start by going through a process to select an idea to write about, then begin to craft a hook that invites readers into their story.
Students will be able to identify a topic for a personal narrative and experiment with different hooks for their piece.
Ask students how they choose what to read when it’s time for a new book. Take suggestions from the class.
If it hasn’t arisen in the discussion, tell them that oftentimes readers select books based on the story idea.
Ask students how they find out what the story idea is for a particular book. Share responses. Make clear that ideas are on the back of the book or the inside cover. If searching online, they are in the publisher’s summary.
Explain that story ideas should be interesting — and that as a writer, you want to select an idea that you can retell, with lots of emotion and imagery to pull the reader into the story.
Inform students that today they will be selecting an idea for a personal narrative and crafting a hook.