Something interesting happened to me yesterday.
I was talking to some student colleagues about the nature of being employed by the state. Among the students, there was a future nurse, a future teacher, and a future accountant. Our discussion began as a benign conversation about retirement. I joked that because I got such a late start in life, I don't have much of a retirement plan to count on. "I once saw a billboard on the 10 freeway that said your in-laws are not a retirement plan," I said to my students. "So that sucks."
I teach writing. Mostly academic writing. And the one take-away from earlier writing courses that every student seems to comes into my class clinging to is the dreaded essay hook.
What a serious waste of writing instruction time. In this blog post, I'm going to outline why I think teaching (and learning) essay hooks is a giant misuse of valuable brain space.