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Types of Attention-Getters (Hooks)

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Types of Attention-Getters (Hooks)
Surprising Statement/Interesting Fact
This could be an interesting fact
about yourself
that might interest your audience.

It might also be a
fact about your topic
that most people don't know about.

You could present a
shocking statement of opinion
about your topic that will grab the interest of your readers.
Shocking Statistic or Fact
Presenting your audience with a
surprising statistic or fact
that they probably haven't heard will convince them of the importance of your topic.

This type of hook usually works best with persuasive or argumentative essays.
Quotation
A
quote
is a great way to lend credibility to your essay. It shows your audience that you've done some research on your topic.

This quote might be a
literary or historical
reference to your topic that gets your audience thinking.

It could also be a quote about the topic by an
expert in the field
of discussion.
Rhetorical Question
A
rhetorical question
at the beginning of your essay will encourage your audience to think critically about your topic before you discuss it further.

This shouldn't be a "yes" or "no" question; it should be something that presents your topic to your audience by
getting them thinking
about what they know and how they feel about the topic.
Tell a Story
Humor
What Not To Do
The cliche dictionary definition
: "Webster's dictionary defines -- as..." This introduction is very overused, and should be avoided in a creative and interesting essay.

Certain humor
: This is situational, but humor should be used very carefully in an essay. Only use humor if it seems appropriate to the topic.

Statement about the topic of your essay
: A boring statement explaining what you'll be discussing won't grab the attention of your audience.
Start your essay off with a
short and interesting anecdote
(story) that's related to your topic.

This might be a
true story
that you read about in your research for your essay.

This could be a
personal story
from your past that has to do with the topic of your essay.

If you think you could make it work, you could also
make up a fictional short story
related to your topic that you think would grab their attention.
Using humor in a speech can be risky, but it can definitely catch the attention of your audience.

Using humor gives your speech a lighthearted tone, and makes your audience more comfortable.

You might tell a joke or tell a brief funny story.

Only use humor if you think it's appropriate for the type of speech you're giving.
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