Narrative Hooks – Writing Prompts to Help Your Students Generate Leads & Intros


Struggling to get your students to write introductions that rock? This set of writing prompts will help your students develop narrative hooks that hook their readers! With just 5-10 minutes per day, your students will practice writing hooks from a variety of sentence starters, mentor texts, and visual prompts. Students love these quick write prompts and will beg for more time to keep writing!


These narrative hook writing prompts are quick and easy to assign or display, making them perfect ELA warm-ups, bell-ringers, or stations!

Here’s what you’ll get:

Your digital link will come will 30 writing prompts to help your students develop narrative hooks. Students will try several hook techniques, such as:

  • Asking a puzzling question
  • Addressing the reader directly
  • Dropping hints
  • Creating an atmosphere/mysterious setting
  • Painting a visual image
  • Beginning with a funny approach
  • Interrupting a conversation
  • Introducing engaging characters
  • Dropping into Dramatic Action
  • Starting with a lesson learned or thematic statement
  • … & more!

Prep is quick and easy… Just display the writing prompts on your projector or SmartBoard and have students write in their notebooks, or assign the writing prompts on a digital learning platform and have students type on the provided slides.

A quick tip for teachers…

  • Read the prompt, and set the timer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Encourage students to keep their pencils moving the entire time.
  • Don’t be afraid to write alongside them!
  • At the end of the quick write session, invite students to discuss or share their thinking.

In my classroom, we start our daily writing lesson with a quick write prompt! We use a wide variety of prompts throughout the year to spiral review our writing techniques.

»If you’d like to know more about using quick writes in the classroom, read my blog post here.


You may also like…

Writing Dialogue

Creating Characters

Using Figurative Language

Writing with Imagery

Establishing Setting

Perspective & Point of View in Writing

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