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How to Begin and End Lessons

"Call me Ishmael." "You better not never tell nobody but God." "Here is a weird one for you." These first lines from Melville, Walker, and Foster Wallace pull in the reader and point to watch for in the coming pages. As teachers, you want lessons that hook students like a book they can't put down, but you also want them to walk away from class able to clarify and organize what they just learned. From engagement to enlightenment, here's how to open and close lessons.

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