Short Writing Assignment: Drafting an Introduction & Hook
For this week’s writing activity, you will begin developing ideas for an introduction and a strong hook for your personal essay. To be clear, this introduction and hook should be about the experience you’ve decided to write about for your Unit 1 essay. You should return to the Writing Warmup: Brainstorming for the Narrative Essay and select one of the ideas that you wrote about as the focus of your Unit 1 essay.
Please be sure to write ideas in sentence and paragraph form, and they can be rough and imperfect. For sections I & II, please be sure to write a minimum of 5-7 sentences for each section. You can exceed the minimum if you like.
Section I: Introduction.
Provide the context for your readers. Think about how you will present the “who, what, where, when, and why” for your intended audience. It might help to use Mike Birbiglia as a model to help you think about how you will present these five W’s. Be as creative as you like, but just remember that you want to offer this context in a way that doesn’t confuse or lose the readers. (Remember the “why” here is regarding the context, NOT the purpose of your essay. So be sure to indicate why you were at this particular place or setting.)
Section II: The Hook
A hook (or lead) shows readers the direction that your writing will take. It also must grab your readers’ attention and refuse to let go. Consider how Mike Birbiglia provided “the conflict” regarding his views on marriage and how it resulted in a fight with his girlfriend before discussing the car accident. These details are not really about his experience with the car accident itself, but they become a related part when he sees the injustice of the car accident through Jenny’s eyes.
Experiment with different ways to hook your reader in this section. Feel free to use the handout on Various Hooks for Introduction Paragraphs as a model or as a point of inspiration.