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Types of Hooks

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Amy Winger

on 4 September 2015

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Types of Hooks
What is a hook?
A hook is a literary device a writer uses in the first sentence of his or her introductory paragraph. The following devices could be used as hooks:

1. A question
2. A startling statistic or fact
3. A famous quote
4. A definition
5. A simile or metaphor

Hook Option #1: A Question
Hook Sample Questions
Topic: Online vs. Traditional Universities
Is online learning more effective than traditional learning?
What are the benefits of online learning?

Topic: Legalization of Marijuana
Would legalizing marijuana improve healthcare in the US?
How would legalizing marijuana impact the US?
Posing questions serves to engage the read as it prompts the reader to want to know the answers to the questions being asked.
Startling facts serve to raise interest in a topic because of the surprising numbers or facts imparted.
Hook Option #2: Startling Facts or Statistics
Topic: Online vs. Traditional Universities
The percentage of college students enrolled in at least one online course jumped from 23 percent to 45 percent over the last five years (Bolkan, 2013).

Topic: Legalization of Marijuana
Illegal drug use is up from 8.3% of the population in 2002 to 8.7% of the population in 2011 (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2012).

Hook Samples of Startling Facts or Statistics
Topic: Online vs. Traditional Universities
“Online learning is not the next big thing; it is the now big thing.” - Donna J. Abernathy, past editor of Training + Development Magazine (1999)

Topic: Legalization of Marijuana
“Why don’t we handle the drugs like we handle alcohol? Alcohol is a deadly drug. The real deadly drugs are the prescription drugs. They kill a lot more people than the illegal drugs.” – Ron Paul, Republican presidential debate

Hook Samples of Famous Quotes
Hook Option #3: Famous Quotes
Famous quotes serve to engage the reader by offering an intriguing thought of an expert to catch the attention of the audience.
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1. The cannabis plant.
2. A preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant, usually smoked or eaten to induce euphoria. (Merriam-Webster, 2013).

1. learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the Internet: successful e-learning depends on the self-motivation of individuals to study effectively (Merriam-Webster, 2013).

Hook Samples of Definitions
Hook Option #4: Definitions
Definitions serve as hooks because they attempt to define the topic being discussed. The definition might hold an intriguing thought that will later be discussed in the introductory paragraph as well.
Hook Option #5: Similes or Metaphors
Similes or metaphors can be used to hook the audience by drawing a thought-provoking comparison between topics.
Hook Sample Simile or Metaphor
Topic: Online vs. Traditional Universities
E-learning in education has become as essential as fudge on top of ice cream.

Topic: Legalization of Marijuana
The legalization of marijuana is as natural as grass growing.

Which type of hook most appeals to you? What type of hook will you use? Happy writing!
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