Instructional Openings

Role Play Hook

As we move more into content-based learning, the information presented to students can seem very dense at times. A Hook is a simple way to get them excited and give them a sense of what is about to happen in a fun way. The Role Play Hook asks my students to place themselves in others' shoes to get a sense of space and time when they are learning history or science content. 

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These are some ideas of quick hooks that allow students to role play the beginning of a lesson and therefore become engaged in what they will learn about.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Lesson Plan
 
 
These are some ideas of quick hooks that allow students to role play the beginning of a lesson and therefore become engaged in what they will learn about.
Raul Gonzalez
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
First grade
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