Introduction to Persuasive Essay Writing: Hook Statements



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Introduction to Persuasive Essay Writing:

Hook Statements

A good introductory paragraph is between 4-10 sentences in length, begins with a hook strategy (i.e. begin with a quote, an unusual fact/statistic, a thoughtful or relevant question, background information, or a personal story), and ends with a clear thesis statement.

Not only should your hook serve to immediately grab the reader’s interest, but it should be a natural lead-in to your thesis, and a meaningful opportunity for the reader to relate to the topic of your essay.

Make sure to include some transitional sentences between the hook and the thesis statement.

You may invent personal anecdotes, startling statements, vivid description, and/or interesting questions as hooks.

DO NOT MISATTRIBUTE QUOTES TO WRONGFUL SOURCES.

Example currently on the internet of misattributed quote:

Marilyn Monroe once said, “To all those girls who think they're fat for not being size zero, it is not you is ugly; it is society."

–Newsflash: There was no such thing as a size zero during Monroe’s era!



DO NOT INVENT STATISTICS OR FABRICATE FACTS.

Example from a student’s paper of fabricated statistic:

Schools should not spend money on field trips since field trips are unsafe. According to TIME Magazine, 9 out of 10 students get injured when they go on a field trip.”



Blatant lies spotted by the reader weaken your argument and make you sound like a fool.




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