My third graders had a blast exploring “hook” sentences this week! Essentially, a “hook” sentence is any sentence or phrase (usually within a narrative) that captures or recaptures the reader’s attention, either through surprise, humor, or interest. This week, my objective was for my students to begin using “hooks” as introductory sentences in their journal entries, with the purpose being to entertain their readers.
We began by going on a “scavenger hunt” through classroom library books to find examples of “hooks” in the form of questions, dialogue, feelings, or sounds. Students worked with partners to complete the following flipbooks in their journals, writing three examples of each type of “hook.”
We brought our findings together as a class and students each shared examples of their favorite “hook” that they found.
Then, we negotiated and composed an Interactive Writing piece together to define a “hook” sentence and displayed it in our classroom
My students are so excited to begin writing original “hooks” in their daily journals! Additionally, they are often showing and sharing examples of hooks that they are reading during their independent reading time.
To purchase the template shown above along with MANY more interactive writing organizers, visit the following link to preview my Interactive Common Core Writing Journal for Grades 2-4.