Fish Hookshared by ISUComm on August 18, 2014
Students think about possible introductions and introduction techniques using a worksheet and peer feedback.
This activity is best when students are developing their first research essay and after audience consideration has been discussed.
- List possible introduction techniques (“hooks”) and examples of each technique where students can see them during the entirety of the activity.
- Discuss each technique and example.
- Students are asked if they know what technique might work best for their essay. (What technique would “hook” an audience interested in your topic?)
- Students are given the handout and asked to list their thesis statements at the top.
- Students then write three possible introduction statements for their topic / essay at the top of each of the hooks on the sheet. They should attempt to use three different techniques.
- When students are finished filling in the sheet, they are handed in to the instructor who then hands them out randomly.
- Students read the thesis on the page, then each of the possible hooks, and draw a fish on the hook that interests them the most.
- Once they have drawn a fish, they are asked to hand it to another student who goes through the process again.
- I usually have students trade these worksheets 3-5 times. (It is surprising how much fun they have with this.)
- Once finished, students find the authors listed at the top of the worksheet and return the worksheet to those authors.
- At this point the instructor can ask for students to share the hook with the most fish. (By this point most students are very willing to share!)