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Practice Writing a Strong Lead: Literary Essay
Practice Writing a Strong Lead: Literary Essay
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Practice Writing a Strong Lead: Literary Essay
Students will practice writing strong leads for their literary essays.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Creative Writing for Kids: Pet Dinosaur
Creative Writing for Kids: Pet Dinosaur
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Creative Writing for Kids: Pet Dinosaur
Fourth graders can practice writing and storytelling in this creative writing exercise based on a make-believe pet dinosaur!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Starting a Story
Starting a Story
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Starting a Story
Starting a story can be the toughest part of writing. Help your child flex their creativity by starting the same story in six different ways!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Creative Writing for Kids: Restaurant Owner
Creative Writing for Kids: Restaurant Owner
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Creative Writing for Kids: Restaurant Owner
Encourage your fourth graders to put their writing skills and imagination to good use by imagining that they are opening up a restaurant and writing about it!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing Roundup
Writing Roundup
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Writing Roundup
This worksheet bundle rounds up some writing prompts for your child to explore different writing styles.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Ways to Start a Story
Ways to Start a Story
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Ways to Start a Story
How many ways can you start a story? Have fun with writing, and practice telling the beginning of a story in six different ways.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Prospector on Mars
The Prospector on Mars
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The Prospector on Mars
Out of this world! This prospector has begun mining for resources on Mars! Your 4th grade sci-fi lover can write a story about his daily life.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Grab That Reader
Grab That Reader
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Grab That Reader
The best type of introduction makes you want to learn more! Help your second graders hook their readers as they practice writing new and improved introductions using this grabby worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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On a Space Mission
On a Space Mission
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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
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Strong Beginnings
Strong Beginnings
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Strong Beginnings
A good introduction draws a reader into the story and makes them want to learn more. Help your second graders hook their readers as they practice writing strong introductions using this helpful worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Glossary: Story Hooks
Glossary: Story Hooks
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Glossary: Story Hooks
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Story Hooks.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Scary Story Card Game
Scary Story Card Game
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Scary Story Card Game
Spin a spooky tale with a creative writing card game, perfect for a dark and creepy Halloween night around the campfire.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Goldilocks and the Five Beginnings
Goldilocks and the Five Beginnings
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Goldilocks and the Five Beginnings
There's more than one way to hook a reader! Help your students reinforce their understanding of captivating story starters with this Goldilocks-themed matching worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Good Ways to Start a Story
Good Ways to Start a Story
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Good Ways to Start a Story
Flex those creative writing skills by starting a story in a few different ways! Use the picture as a prompt, and use each technique to start a story.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Monster Under The Bed!
Monster Under The Bed!
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Monster Under The Bed!
What if the monster under the bed was just lonely and shy? Have some spooky fun with this writing prompt to challenge your point of view.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Catch Your Reader's Attention
Catch Your Reader's Attention
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Catch Your Reader's Attention
Give your students practice in catching the reader's attention by using a strong hook in their writing!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Frozen in Time...
Frozen in Time...
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Frozen in Time...
What if you woke up on Christmas morning and time had stopped! What would happen next?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Zombie Writing
Zombie Writing
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Zombie Writing
Tom, the boy zombie, is just a misunderstood monster. Help him tell his story from his point of view with this fun and creative writing prompt.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Dragon Writing Prompt
Dragon Writing Prompt
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Dragon Writing Prompt
What if the dragon guarding castle was just a household pet? Help your young writer boost her creativity with this fun prompt.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Sci Fi Writing Prompt: End of the World
Sci Fi Writing Prompt: End of the World
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Sci Fi Writing Prompt: End of the World
What if you were the last person on earth? Give your child some fun writing practice with this sci-fi writing prompt.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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If You Were a Superhero...
If You Were a Superhero...
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If You Were a Superhero...
Jump into a comic strip with this creative writing prompt. Tell a story about your life as a superhero!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Different Ways to Start a Story
Different Ways to Start a Story
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Different Ways to Start a Story
There are many different ways to start a story! Hone creativity and build knowledge about literary devices with these fun story starting prompts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Write an Ice Skating Story
Write an Ice Skating Story
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Write an Ice Skating Story
Write an ice skating story based on the illustration on the page. It can be silly or heartfelt, even science fiction!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Retell a Story
Retell a Story
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Retell a Story
What if Dorothy's house had landed in New York City instead of Oz?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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How to Begin a Story
How to Begin a Story
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How to Begin a Story
Get acquainted with a few different writing techniques with this fun prompt. Kids will start the same story in a few different ways.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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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.