Narrative Grabbers


Writers often build a following of readers by "hooking" their attention right away with great grabbers. Read the sentences below. If one grabs your attention, or rouses your curiosity, mark if G for grabber. If the sentence is ordinary, or boring, mark it O.

Question #1

Bird Dog Dean hadn't planned to set the woods on fire.

Question #2

Jimmy wanted to be a fireman when he grew up.

Question #3

Sasha scrounged through the garbage can because she hadn't eaten in two days.

Question #4

When Mom told me Michael Jordan was on the phone for me, I couldn't believe my arms!

Question #5

Everyone thought the injured dog should be put to sleep, except me.

Question #6

Once upon a time, there lived an old woman and an old man.

Question #7

My best friend's name is Lee Ann Turwilliger.

Question #8

"Look at this little beauty," the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, said to me as we trekked through the jungle together.

Question #9

This is a story about a moose I saw once in Maine.

Question #10

I've never told this story before, and I'm only telling it now because I think someone else should know the truth.

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