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Writing a Hook for Your Essay



Your essay should begin with a hook.

Grace Fleming

You can think of an essay hook as you would a fishing hook: it's something that grabs a reader and reels him in. The hook for your essay could be any interesting sentence that captures attention and keeps the reader reading.

The hook for your essay often appears in the very first sentence. It can be an interesting quote, a little-known fact, famous last words, or a statistic.

Here are a few examples of paragraphs that begin with a hook and end with a thesis sentence.

  • Quote: "A man's errors are his portals of discovery."
    For the thesis: Students grow more confident and self-sufficient when parents allow them to make mistakes and experience failure.
  • Fact: Many studies show that the biological sleep pattern for teens shifts a few hours, which means teens naturally stay up later and feel alert later in the morning.
    For the thesis: If every school day started at ten o'clock, many students would find it easier to stay focused.
  • Statistic: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, teens and young adults experience the highest rates of violent crime.
    For the thesis: Parents are justified in implementing a strict curfew, regardless of a student's academic performance.

The good news about finding a hook? You can find a quote, fact, or other type of hook after you determine your thesis, with a simple Internet search.

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