Introduction to Persuasive Essay Writing: Hook Statements

What would you do if you discovered a secret that changed everything?

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What would you do if you discovered a secret that changed everything?

  • Can you imagine how much a single day can cost if you live in Shibuya, Tokyo?

    1. Opening with an exaggeration or outrageous statement

      1. The whole world watched as the comet flew overhead.

      2. If the government cuts any more money from education, the entire country will crumble.

      3. If I have to do one more chore around the house, I am going to go crazy!

    1. Opening by saying what is mistakenly believed to be true by many people; then using your thesis statement to provide correct information.
      Hook: Most Americans mistakenly believe that all rice is essentially the same. Lead in: They find it very difficult to understand why people from Asian countries are so particular about the type of rice they buy. In order to understand these preferences, Americans must become familiar with other varieties of rice and their characteristics.

    In a literature class (rather than the FCAT Writes essay), you may summarize the literary work or works you are writing about; then follow with your thesis statement.
    Many of the essays that you will write in literature classes will take this form.
    The writer begins by briefly summarizing and the story; then he connects that to his opinion about the story and one of the broader social issues the story might bring out. Often these types of essays are in response to essay questions the teacher assigned.
    This student might have been writing in response to “Is it morally acceptable to change the basic nature of a human being by using science or medicine?”
    Daniel Keyes’ novel Flowers for Algernon tells the story of Charley, a mentally handicapped young man who undergoes an experimental procedure to increase his intelligence. Charley’s operation was successful, but his new mental capabilities were only temporary. Although first published in 1966, Flowers for Algernon correctly anticipates some of the controversies regarding human experimentation we are experiencing today. As techniques such as gene splicing become more advanced, the debate over the morality of modifying life from its natural forms will heat up. Therefore, to avoid social upheaval, procedures that modify human beings, including intelligence enhancing operations such as Charley received, should be illegal.

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