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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: 1.Begin with a famous quote or song lyric. (Reminder: Be sure to reference who said or wrote the words. 2.Compare your topic to an unlike thing using a simile or metaphor. 3.Give a startling statistic or fact. (Reminder: Be sure to take from a reliable source and reference) 4.Begin with a zoomed in detailed description. 5.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.

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.

7 using a zoomed in description  The elephant skull was huge and dusty, with flaky, dry skin.

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?”

9 YOUR INTODUCTION (paragraph 1) FOR YOUR PERSONAL NARRATIVE (3-4 sentences total)  1-2 sentence hook  A 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.


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