Sunday, October 7, 2012

"Hook ' Yer Reader" Part 2!

It's official... school being in full swing has definitely taken a lot of my time and energy that could be spent blogging, but don't give up on me! There are still plenty of writing goodies to go around!

You may have read my previous post about three easy and effective ways for kids to HOOK their readers. I just finished introducing leads with my students, and they are already impressing me! With lots of modeling and showcasing author examples, the kids will get more and more confident with writing their own leads. Anchor charts always help, too!

Anchor chart used to teach leads

After introducing three ways to hook the reader (through this freebie!) I created a little homework assignment that challenged them to revise boring beginnings and write their own hooks. It was a short yet challenging little exercise! I hope you can use this in your classroom, too!

Click HERE to download it!


  1. I love your Captain Hook theme. We are working on Hooks today in my 4th grade class. Thanks for the great idea!

    Fourth Grade Garden

  2. Hi Sarah, I would like to contact you for permission to adapt this idea using Captain Hook! Please contact me at

    First Grade Glitter and Giggles

  3. I'm so excited to find your blog!! You have terrific ideas:) I'm your newest follower.

  4. I love your blog! I will be teaching fourth grade next year (moving up from third) and I will be in charge of teaching writing to the fourth grade, all of them. So, my questions for you are...
    1. Do you use Writing Workshop at all?
    2. And if so, what do you do about making sure you are covering curriculum with it?

    I am asking because each 9 weeks in Indiana, the kids are supposed to write an opinion piece, research piece, and a narrative. But, it seems from the reading I have done along with my research online, that writing workshop is all about choice.

    Basically, what do you do?! LOL I am just really nervous about taking this on!

  5. I am also really struggling with the topics for the pieces....should I assign the topics, or give them opitons?

  6. help...this year more than ever my class struggles with hooks and detais... seems like we went backwards