Introduction to Persuasive Essay Writing: Hook Statements

b. I remember the time when I was in Mr. Day’s 5th grade class…

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b. I remember the time when I was in Mr. Day’s 5th grade class…

c. One sunny afternoon while walking Blanca, my very sociable bullterrier, I decided to introduce her to Phillip, the mailman. At first, she was friendly, but as Phillip turned to leave, Blanca treacherously leaped for his buttocks and ripped off the back of Phillip’s blue and gray trousers. Fortunately, Phillip was not injured. Nevertheless, I was very concerned about my dog’s behavior, so I took Blanca to my veterinarian to find out why she had acted so aggressively. Dr. Rios, Blanca’s veterinarian, explained that there were three factors which could trigger an aggressive response from almost any dog.

In the following examples, notice how anecdotes have been used create lively introductions.

  1. Opening with description-- Depending on the length of your essay and your topic, you may decide to lead gradually into your thesis by depicting a scene that will appeal to your audience's senses and set the mood for you essay.  Notice how this technique brings life to these introductions.

  1. Opening with a statistic of fact- Sometimes a statistic or fact will add emphasis or interest to your topic. It is necessary to include the source of your statistic or fact.

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