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Copy of Hooks: Your Reader's First Glance at Your Writing

This presentation is about leads and how they can be used and why they are effective.

Peter Shaughnessy

on 16 June 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Hooks: Your Reader's First Glance at Your Writing

Hooks, also known as leads, are the strategies a writer uses to grab their reader's attention at the beginning of a piece of writing. They make your reader want to continue, or set a purpose for reading.
The Quotation Hook
The Question Hook
The quotation hook uses a quotation
from a book, website, primary source,
or any other resource to start off the writing with a bang.
Have you recently seen a long, thin, bright blue fish gliding through the sparkling waters of Mercer County Lake? If so, be careful. Although they appear adorable and innocent, these fish can be quite dangerous.
Example: Quotation Hook
As Wayne Dyer says: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” The book Nature Girl by Jane Kelley shows just how powerful a change of perspective and attitude can be

Hooks: Your Reader's First Glance at Your Writing
There are many different types of hooks, and each hook makes the reader wonder, feel, or imagine. Hooks are used in the introductory paragraph, which is the first paragraph in a work of writing.
The Question Hook allows readers to relate their lives to the writing. A question also provides a purpose to read the piece.
Example: Question Hook
Imagery Hook
An imagery hook uses a detailed description of a scene to evoke emotions from the reader and set the mood of the story or writing piece.
Example: Imagery Hook
Lisa yawned and stretched as she threw the thick blue cotton blankets off her cozy bed. She scampered across the frigid wooden floor of her room to the tall, wide windows. She couldn’t believe her eyes! Her whole backyard was covered in sparkling snow, whiter than her teeth after a trip to the dentist’s office. It was almost as if the Yeti was testing out his new flour sifter! Lisa hopped down the stairs, eager to go play in her new winter wonderland.
Literary Devices Hook Example
She was flower. Her needs were simple, and with them she could be beautiful. But we all know that not every flower makes it, out shined by others, cut down, forced out of the way. And then there are those flowers that look weak and ugly, but in the end they turn out to be the most beautiful. She was one of those flowers, using her scarred past to make her future happier. And who knows when she will bloom and reach her full potential?
Who said the quote in this example?
Describe in one word what this quote is about.
The Literary Devices Hook
The literary devices hook uses literary devices to entice the reader and bring them into deeper thought about the piece. It can also gives them a symbol
or metaphor that they can relate to throughout their reading.
What literary devices are used here? How?
The Anecdote Hook
The Anecdote Hook uses a short story that is related to the claim of the text. The story is usually interesting and somewhat humorous, or proves the
claim correct.
Anecdote Hook Example
Kevin was a good student. He always behaved himself and finished his homework on time. That was, until the e-readers
were passed out. Kevin’s was never charged enough, and always malfunctioned. He wished his school had just kept their textbooks, because now he would never be able to get any work done! (Claim: E-readers shouldn’t replace paper textbooks.)
What might be the claim of this essay?
The Definition Hook
The definition hook uses a dictionary definition that relates to one of the themes of the piece, or to a key word or descriptor that is otherwise meaningful to the writing
Definition Hook Example
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, freedom is the quality or state of being free: as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. Freedom is a beautiful thing that all the people of the world should have. In South Africa, the journey to freedom was not an easy one. But with Nelson Mandela to lead the way, black South Africans were able to guide themselves to liberation.

The Crazy Fact Hook
The Crazy Fact Hook uses an incredible fact to amaze the reader and make them interested in your piece.
Crazy Fact Hook Example
An average dog has the intelligence of a two-year-old child. Dogs can count to five, do simple mathematical calculations, and can understand up to 250 words and gestures. This is just one of the things that makes them good pets.
Okay... So Now What?
You've already learned a lot about hooks. The definition, the types, even some examples.

The Importance of Hooks
Hooks grab your reader’s attention and make your writing worth reading. A reader can’t judge a book by its cover, but he or she can judge a piece of writing by how the writer starts it off, so you should use a meaningful hook at the beginning of any piece of writing.
How to Write a Hook
Think about the kind of hook you want to use for your writing.
Some hooks are harder to use for certain genres. For example, it might be harder to use a literary device hook in a non-fiction piece that it would be to use in a realistic fiction story.

Step 1

Write a hook using each type of the two to four you decided.
Choose the one that flows the most or sounds the most advanced.
Try having a peer to read them over and choose the best one.

Step 3

Using your common sense, narrow it down to two to four hook types you might want to use.
Don’t be afraid to combine hooks. For example, you could enhance an anecdote by adding a crazy fact to it.

Step 2

Here is a link to a hooks quiz!
Thanks for Watching!!!!!!!!
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