1. Writing Good Hooks
Choose one story topic and one essay topic. Come up with five good hooks and three bad hooks for the story topic and essay topic you chose. This site may be helpful.
– a story about a soccer player who scores the winning goal
– a story about a princess who wants to be a peasant girl
– a story about a country where chocolate rain falls from the sky
– a story where robot and humans fight over control of the universe
– a story where dogs suddenly gain the ability to speak
– an essay about traffic in Shanghai
– an essay persuading people to use Electro brand laundry detergent
– an essay comparing sharks and dolphins
– a how-to essay on personalizing your Mac
– a newspaper article on the Super Bowl
2. Fill in the transitions
Read the passage below from Jack’s Little Black Book by Jack Gantos. In this scene, Jack is taking a test and has a broken pencil. The strict Mr. Ploof will not allow him to start over or even use a pencil sharpener because the rules say he “must keep going.” See if you can fill in the blanks. If you need help, take a look at these transitions.
I didn’t have a pencil sharpener _____ I began to gnaw at the wood around the lead, spitting out the pulp, _____ I exposed the blunt end. I felt even more like a white laboratory rat, _____ I pulled myself together and raced through the test. _____ it didn’t seem too difficult or take very long _____ I got off to a rough start. (p. 16).