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Here are some brief tips to help you plan effective book hooks:
- Before you read – Take Three!
- Exposure: Share why or how you chose the book (genre, author, topic, literary device?)
- Critical Thinking: Choose a reading strategy or question to guide your discussion.
- Connections: Consider links to other books, websites, art, experiences, activities, or projects.
- Leave them wanting to hear more (e.g., cliffhangers, unanswered questions or moral dilemmas)
- Model the use of reading strategies, advanced vocabulary, and supporting answers with text.
- Be Dramatic! Effective variation of intonation, speed, and volume can draw students in.
Over the course of the year, the purpose and length of Book Hook sessions can vary. Early in the year, teachers may wish to focus more on generating enthusiasm toward reading and establishing classroom management and behavioral self-regulation procedures. Later in the year, teachers may emphasize stretching students with more challenging books and questioning, or focus on more specific learning objectives. Over the course of the year, connections can be made between the various books and concepts that have been introduced during Phase 1 to other content areas and student experiences. The length of the Book Hook session can vary depending on the objective for the day, but typically they should be between 10 and 15 minutes in duration.