Introduction to Persuasive Essay Writing: Hook Statements


Cigarettes are the primary cause of cancer



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Cigarettes are the primary cause of cancer. (If the fact is undisputed and widely known and accepted, you do not have to cite a source.)

  • Fifty percent of marriages end up in divorce. (If the fact is undisputed and widely known and accepted, you do not have to cite a source.)

  • "Seventy-two percent of Canadians have been directly related to a person, or persons, killed during WWII" (Source to follow here).



    1. Opening with a question- Questions can create personal interest in the essay, but be careful your question is not too general. For example, in an essay about cell phone use asking, “Do you own a cell phone?” is too general.



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