Presentation on theme: "Personal Narrative Hooks"— Presentation transcript:
1 Personal Narrative Hooks using The Lion King as a sample
2 THESIS: “I had to be courageous in the elephant graveyard.” We are imagining that we are Nala and need to write a personal narrative essay
3 What is a hook?Hooking your reader means getting the reader excited and pulling them into your writing like a fisherman catching and reeling in a fish.
4 Hook your reader! Choose a strategy: Begin with a famous quote or song lyric. (Reminder: Be sure to reference who said or wrote the words.Compare your topic to an unlike thing using a simile or metaphor.Give a startling statistic or fact. (Reminder: Be sure to take from a reliable source and reference)Begin with a zoomed in detailed description.Use an exclamation or onomatopoeia PLUS a question.
5 Sample introduction using a song lyric: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller.” Those lyrics by Kelly Clarkson played over and over in my head as I ran. I had to be courageous as Simba and I were chased through the elephant graveyard.Yeah, I saw you dancing around in your seat!
6 Examples from Ms. Carter’s homeroom using a simile or metaphor The elephant graveyard was as scary as death itself!The hyenas were as ugly and stupid as zombies.Did you imagine every scary movie you’ve seen too!
7 using a zoomed in description The elephant skull was huge and dusty, with flaky, dry skin.EUGH! I want to read more!
8 Using an exclamation or onomatopoeia (sound affects) PLUS a question “ HA HA HA!!! Have you ever heard a laugh that made you shiver or cringe?”Muah ha ha!
9 YOUR INTODUCTION (paragraph 1) FOR YOUR PERSONAL NARRATIVE (3-4 sentences total) 1-2 sentence hookA connector sentence that explains the hook and makes it flow into your thesis.A thesis statement. In this case, our thesis is simple: “I had to be courageous when…”EXAMPLE:“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller.” Those lyrics by Kelly Clarkson played over and over in my head as I ran. I had to be courageous as Simba and I were chased through the elephant graveyard.