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Hooking the Reader

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Kathie Thomison

on 4 December 2014

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Hooking a Reader
Open with a well known quote!
Open with a quotation that is well-known (but be sure to put quotation marks around it).
You can also use a quotation from someone that is not famous. It could be from a song, movie, or one of your own.

Make your writing a page turner!

The beginning of an introduction
establishes the direction your writing will
take. A good first sentence grabs your reader's attention and refuses to let go. In other words, it
hooks the reader.

Your introduction should have at least 3 concise and clear sentences.

You should accomplish 3 things with your introduction:

Get the reader’s attention
Present your topic and purpose
Connect with your audience

Hooking a reader when you are writing an essay is just as important as a movie trailer to the success of the movie. You want to give “a little bit” of the content, but you really want them to “buy the ticket.” This presentation will introduce you to some types of introductions so that you can use them as your own when you write.

Student example:

John F. Kennedy once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Today's Americans have forgotten Kennedy's message. They expect their country to take care of them, but they are not taking care of their country.

Use Figurative Language to Hook Your Reader
Begin with a simile
- Comparison using “like” or “as”

Begin with a metaphor
- Comparison stating one thing is another thing

Begin with personification
- Give non-living objects human characteristics

Mississippi is the red-headed step-child
of Hurricane Katrina. The loss of life and property in this gulf state have almost been completely forgotten by the rest of the country.

Make a Bold Statement!
Making a bold or strong statement can get the reader’s attention.
Making a bold statement also sets the tone for your essay and establishes you as someone who has clear and concise thoughts.

Using horses and cattle in the sport of rodeo is animal abuse. What makes it more aggravating is that it is legal.

It's time to face the facts of the matter. They have been gassed, poisoned, starved and sterilized. Yet, they still thrive today in vast numbers and are multiplying at alarming rates. If people do not fight back, they could take over the world! The Orkin man did not accomplish his mission. The issue here is the over population of cockroaches.
Open with a definition
Open with a definition of the term you are discussing and writing about.
It can be your own or come from a dictionary, textbook, or other source.

According to Webster's Dictionary, government is defined as
the authority that serves the people and acts on their behalf.

As you can see, “hooking the reader” is the key to success in writing!

Don’t forget the following tips
Do NOT start your essay like this:
“In this essay…”
“I am going to tell you about…”
“I will write about…”
“The first reason is…”
“Today I'm going to write an essay.."

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