Any book by Melissa Sweet is breathtakingly gorgeous. It's always a gift to open her work. This past fall, I used this biography to teach my students about hooks. The book does a fantastic job detailing the various revisions E.B. White wrote in order to craft his stunning first line of Charlotte's Web, "Where's Papa going with that axe?" We talk about how starting with dialogue, thought, action or sound grabs people's attention, and discuss that this line is much more interesting than the other first lines White experimented with in previous drafts. The activity below presented by The Curious City would be a fun follow up to the hook discussion. I'd have students add their own favorite quotes from White's work as well.
Activity Name: Some Writer: Quotes to Collage
Activity Description: Make a collage using E.B. White's quotes. The file below includes quotes, but students can find their own quotes as well in White's classic books, or find more quotes in Some Writer.
If you want to tie the quotes into the hook discussion, you could have students sort the quotes into four categories: dialogue, thought, sound and action.
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