Writing an autobiographical narrative:
**Think of one event from your life. It
should be an event that actually happened
to you that you want to write about.
(Other people may read this event, so it
should be one you want to share.)
Once you know your event, begin drafting
your story.
When writing a question, try to create a picture in the reader’s
mind. Use the words who, what, when, where, why, is, how, or
are at the beginning of the sentence.
When writing a quote, it can be a direct quotation from a book,
TV show, movie, or a famous person.
Onomatopoeia is a word that makes sounds. Those can be
animal sounds, car sounds, or any other sound. Examples
include: Bang! Woof! or Cock-a-doodle-doo!
Use a poem from a famous author, or make up your own.
Use a line or two from your favorite song on the radio.
Make sure you relate it to your essay.
Interjections express emotions. Examples are Aha!,
Stop!, Ugh!, Help!, Well!, YOW!, Brrrr!, Yummy!
Startling Statistic
Statistics show relationships with numbers. Find a
surprising statistic involving your topic.
Dialogue features two or more people talking.
Simile or Metaphor
Figurative language making comparisons to create vivid
Here is an example of 8 different hooks which could be used for
writing an expository essay about my favorite television show,
Spongebob Squarepants:
• Where in the Pacific Ocean can you find a delicious Krabby
Patty to eat, live in a pineapple, and drive in
an underwater boat? Bikini Bottom, of course!
• "Do you smell that? That smell--It's the smell of a smelly
smell that smells smelly," stated Spongebob.
• "Meooowww!" said Gary, Spongebob's pet snail.
Roses are red, violets are blue. I love Spongebob
Squarepants, do you?
"Are ya ready kids? Aye, aye, Captain. I can't hear you!
Aye, aye Captain. Ohhhh!" My favorite TV show
started to play on Nickelodeon.
"Noooo!" Don't touch the TV, I am watching my
favorite show, Spongebob Squarepants.
Over 1 million adults and children worldwide tune in to
watch the TV show, Spongebob Squarepants on
a weekly basis
"There's nothing wrong with getting kissys from your
grandmother," said Spongebob. "No, especially
if you're a big baby who wears diapers!" responded
Oh no! The tire popped! Help!
Help! Somebody! Anybody! My
mom, sister, brother and I got in
a car accident. We were driving
down Bethel Church Road taking
my oldest brother somewhere
when the front tire popped on my
mom’s car.
“Strike! You’re out,” yelled the
umpire. We got excited because
my sister was winning her
softboll game 5-0. My mom and
I were on the bleachers
cheering on her team. I feel like
doing a cartwheel everytime my
sister scores a point.
“The wheels on the bus go
round and round all through
the town.” It’s the first day
of school as I walk out the
door to the. bus stop. I said
to myself, “I don’t feel right.
I feel misplaced.”
Answer: Onomatopoeia
Answer: Dialogue
Answer: Interjection
Adopting Willow
from the SPCA
Model Writing Different Hooks
Model Writing Different Hooks
Model Writing Different Hooks
Volunteers to share hooks?
Bibliography (cont.)
Macken, Joann. Waiting Out the Storm. Somerville, MA: Candlewick
Press, 2010. 1. Print.
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. New York, NY: HarperTrophy,
1977. 1. Print.
SpongeBob SquarePants. Web. 21 Jun 2011.
Stine, R.L. The First Horror. New York, NY: Simon Pulse, 2002. 1. Print.
"Teaching Kids to Write Fantastic Hooks!." A to Z Teacher Stuff. Jelsoft
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