Instructional Openings

Real World Hook

One way we bring authenticity to our lessons is by making explicit connections or real world hooks to what we're learning. What I particularly enjoyed about our persuasive writing unit is that we were able to identify real problems in our own school community and to think of solutions. It then brought about real change in our school, and in this case brought about getting more magazines into the classroom which was an identified need of our class.

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Teacher In Action
 
 
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a comprehensive list on different ways to engage your students at the beginning of the lesson through hooks. The purpose of a “hook” is to help students frame their thinking and focus on the concept at hand. Some are obviously better for some subjects than others, and some may be redundant, but use this resource to gather different ideas and change up your lesson openings! Credit: lms.marshall.k12tn.net/evaluation%20stuff/Lesson%20Hooks.doc
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a comprehensive list on different ways to engage your students at the beginning of the lesson through hooks. The purpose of a “hook” is to help students frame their thinking and focus on the concept at hand. Some are obviously better for some subjects than others, and some may be redundant, but use this resource to gather different ideas and change up your lesson openings! Credit: lms.marshall.k12tn.net/evaluation%20stuff/Lesson%20Hooks.doc
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

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