The Blank Page
One of the largest hurdles for my writers is the fear that accompanies starting an essay. Their fear of the blank page often manifests itself in half-hearted introductions and tentative hooks. Importantly, these students know when their writing is less than what it can be. They aren’t trying to start their essays with weak hooks; they are simply experiencing small moments of hesitancy that is not conducive to their creative process.
Vital to understanding our students’ blank page jitters is the fact that these jitters can be conquered.
Note Cards that Conquer
All that is needed for this exercise are note cards, two sentence starters, and a prompt. With these three components, students are tasked with crafting the idea that will effectively begin their essay.
- Write your name on the top of your note card.
- Answer the following question on your note card:
Do you have something that will interest your reader like a story, statistics, or really interesting facts?