Lead, Hook, Grabber

Learning Target:

I can understand and use various effective lead types.


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Question

asks a question of the reader, involving them in the story

Example: Can you imagine caring so deeply about an ideal that you’d plant yourself in the path of an oncoming tank to defend your beliefs?



Action

includes strong action verbs that illustrates what is happening

Example: I took a very long, very slow, very deep breath, and I jumped. I did the front flip immediately and swar for the other side of the pool.

Snapshot (Setting)

gives details about where the writing piece takes place

Example: You sit behind a long metal table at a police station in Beijing. The room is warm and empty except for a filing cabinet, the table, and a couple of chairs. A lone light bulb dangles from a string over your head, casting dull shadows against the somber grey walls.

Dialogue

dialogue between two characters

Example: Earl tells you, “Now listen, baby, don’t you go lookin’ for trouble. Ain’t no need for you to concern yourself with Ernest.”


Character Hook

introduces/describes a person

Example: One day an aid worker named Jill grabbed me for a mission. A small woman with delicate features and short black hair, she spoke rapidly and had a laugh that spilled out fast and switched off abruptly.

Puzzle

a puzzling statement or paradox that intrigues the reader.

Example: They called it the grinder. It’s where they grind you down. A slab of concrete the size of a basketball court and surrounded by a two-story wall, it’s where you’ll be herded.


3 Strong Words

a puzzling statement or paradox that intrigues the reader.

Example: They called it the grinder. It’s where they grind you down. A slab of concrete the size of a basketball court and surrounded by a two-story wall, it’s where you’ll be herded.


Predicament/ Situation

puts someone in a predicament or unusual situation

Example: I landed in Pensacola, Florida, on January 20, 2001, for Officer Candidate School (OCS), and immediately I had doubts.


New Twist

a twist by writing something from a different or unusual situation.

Example: You stand water up to your chest. Every muscle in your body throbs with pain. You are exhausted beyond anything you can ever imagine, and all around you the night air carries the curses and groans of other who are gutting it out like you, who are trying to survive the night.

Figurative Language

figurative language to create a strong image for the reader

Example:

Simile- He is as brave as a lion.

Metaphor- Freddy is a pig when he eats.

Personification- The flame of the candle danced in the dark.

Hyperbole- This book weighs a ton!

Onomatopoeia- Boom! Snap! Ouch! Crunch!


Song/Poem

use of lines to grab reader’s attention.

Example: “Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?”