Grab Student Attention with a Powerful "Hook"
Also called the "Anticipatory Set," the hook is a brief activity or event at the beginning of the lesson that effectively engages all students' attention and focuses their thoughts on the lesson's learning objectives.
Start by thinking about your main idea. What aspect of it could be particularly interesting to the students in your class? Things that surprise, excite, intrigue, or raise questions are all good starting points.
You could have students...
- Observe a scenario or process
- Listen to a story
- Predict an outcome
- Inspect a machine, tool, part or instrument
- Assess prior knowledge
- Review an external document (article, ad, interview or job application)
Some examples of great hooks from CTE Online Lesson Plans:
“Guess the Injury”
“Fire Marshall Bill”
In the Lesson Plan Template, complete the section for "Activity #1" with your Hook/Anticipatory Set.