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Story Hooks
Story Hooks
Lesson Plan
Story Hooks
Give your students an introduction to types of story hooks as they compose original story beginnings the help of a word bank. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Capture That Reader! lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Opinion Writing
Opinion Writing
Workbook
Opinion Writing
Let your voice be heard! This workbook challenges kids to express their opinions. But more importantly, they'll learn how to support opinions with good evidence and facts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of our Third Grade Fall Review Packet features five more days of learning activities designed to prepare students for their third grade year.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Tips for Writing a Good Beginning Sentence
Tips for Writing a Good Beginning Sentence
Worksheet
Tips for Writing a Good Beginning Sentence
Young writers discover strategies for creating compelling introductions that capture a reader's interest in this writing worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Just Write
Just Write
Workbook
Just Write
Get your fifth grader to love writing with these creative writing prompts. Students will practice building stories, and can find inspiration from great authors such as Jack London or Mark Twain.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
The Write Direction
The Write Direction
Workbook
The Write Direction
Get your second grader's creativity flowing with this workbook, boasting all of the right stuff he needs to create events in a sequence, and eventually even pen his own prompts!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Help learners gear up for a new year with this Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3, complete with 5 days of activities in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Interesting Introductions
Interesting Introductions
Lesson Plan
Interesting Introductions
Teach young authors how to "hook" readers with this hands-on lesson. By examining novels and developing their own introductions, students will be able to hone their writing skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Workbook
Creative Writing
Dive into the magic of storytelling with this diverse series of writing prompts. Each prompt is centered around a funny illustration and they include different genres such as poetry, journalism and more!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Monsters Around the World
Monsters Around the World
Workbook
Monsters Around the World
Meet mythical creatures from all around the world with these creative writing prompts. Tell a story from a monster's perspective, trek the Himalayas with a yeti and create your own monster too!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fun and Formal Writing
Fun and Formal Writing
Workbook
Fun and Formal Writing
Entice young writers to dabble in both formal, research-based writing as well as creative writing. These open-ended exercises help kids write dialogue and exposition while crafting essays or stories.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Monster Writing
Monster Writing
Workbook
Monster Writing
Have a monstrous amount of fun with this series of ghoulish writing activities. Get acquainted with famous monsters like Frankenstein, and write a few frightful stories of your own.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Winter Writing Journal
Winter Writing Journal
Workbook
Winter Writing Journal
Whip up a flurry of creativity with these writing prompts; a perfect addition to any writer's journal. Play with story cards, write out winter goals and go on writing adventures in winter scenarios.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Argument Writing: Drafting the Introductory Paragraph
Argument Writing: Drafting the Introductory Paragraph
Lesson Plan
Argument Writing: Drafting the Introductory Paragraph
Great introductory paragraphs pull the reader in. Students will review the different types of hooks and practice writing effective hooks. Then students will study the structure of of the introductory paragraph and begin to craft their own.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Story Starters
Story Starters
Workbook
Story Starters
This book of creative writing prompts will nudge reluctant writers towards a love of language with imaginative activities that take them through space, under the sea and into distant lands.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Capture That Reader!
Capture That Reader!
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.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Ideas and Hooks: Personal Narrative
Ideas and Hooks: Personal Narrative
Lesson Plan
Ideas and Hooks: Personal Narrative
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.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Persuasive Paragraph
Persuasive Paragraph
Worksheet
Persuasive Paragraph
Give your writing some structure with this persuasive paragraph worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
On a Space Mission
On a Space Mission
Worksheet
On a Space Mission
This robot soldier has found something on a Mars exploration that he's taking back home. What is it? Only your imaginative young author can decide.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Holiday Writing and Grammar
Holiday Writing and Grammar
Workbook
Holiday Writing and Grammar
Your child can practice creative writing to go with fall holidays. Writing narratives from real or imagined stories will teach kids technique, characterization, sequencing and story development.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Narrative Hooks
Narrative Hooks
Worksheet
Narrative Hooks
A strong hook will capture a reader's attention and make them want to know more! In this activity, students will identify four different ways to hook a reader into a story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Hook the Reader: The Tortoise and the Hare
Hook the Reader: The Tortoise and the Hare
Worksheet
Hook the Reader: The Tortoise and the Hare
After reading the classic Aesop fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare," students will use their imaginations to compose their own introductions using one of the most common story hooks (fact, question, description, statement, or sound).
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Hook Your Reader!
Hook Your Reader!
Worksheet
Hook Your Reader!
Students will study effective hooks and have the option to craft some hooks for their own writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Volcano Writing Scene
Volcano Writing Scene
Worksheet
Volcano Writing Scene
This volcano writing worksheet is a great brainstorm starter and provides a different approach to composition, perfect for research-based writing.
4th grade
Science
Worksheet
Kids' Writing Prompts
Kids' Writing Prompts
Worksheet
Kids' Writing Prompts
Take your pick from this packet of writing prompts which focus on one scene that has lots of possibilities. Is your young storyteller ready?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Writing a Strong Hook / Introduction

A hook is a way to captivate an audience without wasting any time. Catchy introductions work the same way great headlines do—by making it irresistible to continue reading. The Learning Library's resources on writing a strong hook include prompts, lesson plans, workbooks, and hands-on activities that teach kids how to capture the reader with punchy, persuasive prose.

Resources on Writing A Strong Hook to Capture Readers

Charles Dickens knew how to write a good hook. He wrote the infamous "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." in "A Tale of Two Cities." He also wrote "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show," as the opening line in "David Copperfield."

Just like the hook in the greatest songs, hooks in writing capture the audience instantly and keep them wanting more. The Learning Library's resources teach kids how to write skillful hooks. Printable worksheets, like Strong Beginnings and Hook Your Reader!, provide students with examples of successful introductions and instruct them to practice writing their own. There are a couple of printouts that offer different strategies on how to begin a story such as asking a question or painting the picture of an intriguing scenario. Ideas and Hooks: Personal Narrative is a lesson plan that encourages students to create a strong angle to their own personal tale. These resources on writing a strong hook are the gateway to an even stronger story.