Good hooks serve to
pique student interest
and frame subsequent
learning so that it has a
new layer of interest,
meaning, or relevance.
Let's start with a 2 minute video that
explains the basics of Hooks.
While you watch the video, please keep in
mind the following question:!
The video gives some great examples of
Hooks. In my view, one example is
significantly inferior to the others in
terms of the quality of the Hook and the
degree to which it generates interest on
the part of the students. !
Please guess which Hook I perceive as
inferior to the rest. !
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The video gives some great examples of Hooks. In my
view, one example is significantly inferior to the
others in terms of the quality of the Hook and the
degree to which it generates interest on the part
of the students. !
Please guess which Hook I perceive as inferior to
the rest. Please explain your answer.!
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Here are my thoughts...
My least favorite Hook was a review
of the information from the day
before. While reviewing information
can be helpful and important, I
believe it shouldn't replace the
The purpose of the Hook is to
prime students for the upcoming lesson
in order to enhance learning during the lesson. !
This may be accomplished by:
piquing interest by asking an intriguing question
connecting the material to students' lives
showing an attention-grabbing demonstration
tapping into students' prior knowledge
While reviewing information may refresh their
memories, it doesn't provide an interesting framework
for the upcoming lesson.
A Hook is an alternative to:
"WE LEFT OFF Yesterday AT PASSUK
SO WE'LL PICK UP AT PASSUK DALED
Have you ever been in a situation when you felt
like if you didn’t step up, no one else would,
and things would be drastically different
because of your action or inaction?
Have you ever felt like you saved the day?
What makes someone into a hero?
Is Chol Hamo’ed more like Shabbos/Yom Tov or
more like weekday? Why?
More advanced students: Is Chol Hamo’ed
more like Shabbos/Yom Tov, more like Rosh
Chodesh, or more like weekday? Why?
Please list all the Halachos you know about
Some of the examples in the video were Hooks for a
UNIT rather than for a single LESSON. !
Though you may invest a lot of class time into an
intro for a unit, the intro for a single lesson
should be much shorter.!
The Hook for a regular lesson
should take no more than a few
minutes so that most of class
time is dedicated to learning
the actual material.!
As a class, let's brainstorm ideas for
possible Hooks on a lesson related to the
The Story of the Meraglim (Bamidbar 13)!
9th Grade Co-ed Class !
Please contribute one idea for a Hook on
the following Googledoc:!
Link to Googledoc!