2Identify/Define: Leads, Hooks, Attention Grabbing Openers (AGOs) Why do we have to do this? Effective and dramatic openers are designed to grab a reader’s attention…like a hook grabs a fish.
3Hook, Lead or Attention Grabbing Opener (AGO) A hook, lead or AGO is the part of your story that compels or forces an audience to sit up and pay attention.It should come at the beginning of your story where it will get your reader on the hook! (symbolically, of course).It will impress your audience so that they want to keep reading.
4Visualize: We see hooks in movies and TV all the time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1-nt5_bRlQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl3O6DMsJgI
5Evaluate: Which Lead, AGO or hook is better? Why? "We're going to go on a dive into the deep blue sea.”"I study ants in the desert, in the tropical forest, in my kitchen, and in the hills around Silicon Valley, where I live.”
6Apply & Discuss: What was the Hook for your independent reading book? What did the author include to get your attention?Does it have dialogue?Is it funny?Does it have figurative language?Does it make you ask questions?
11Here are some other possible Hook AGO ideas for you: Ask a thought provoking question.Words from the Wiser. Use your theme in the form of a cliché or idiom.State a well known quotation.Foreshadowing-give readers a hint at what is coming up.
12Here are some other possible Lead/Hook/AGO ideas for you: Name Dropping. Use an allusion that your audience will be familiar with that works well with your story.Show, don’t tell.As I stepped onto the dark stage, my sweaty hands trembled and my pulse was racing.Magic 3-TriplesAs I looked into her beautiful green eyes, I thought to myself, “What if my hair is messed up? What if there is something in my teeth? What if I say something stupid?”
13Here are some other possible Lead/Hook/AGO ideas for you: Joke-Start off with something funny.OnomatopoeiaMetaphor or Simile to describe the theme or the setting.Dialogue-start with an engaging conversationList it.
14Here are some more Lead/Hook/AGO examples for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW-h_bnNL9A
18Your objective: I will create a small moments personal narrative that entertains using vivid description and elements of a story.Personal Narrative: Small MomentPurpose for Writing: To EntertainGoal: Tell a true story using descriptive writing that that includes narrative elements to entertain your reader.