How to Write Great Essay Hooks (Tips + Examples)

How to Write Great Essay Hooks (Tips + Examples)

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Yona Schnitzer

Blank screen. Cursor blinks. Clock ticks. Brain freezes.

You stressfully wonder, “How will I ever finish this essay?”

I’ve been there. 

Every time you write an essay, you want to catch your readers’ undivided attention from the very first word. The opening hook has to be *perfect* — no compromises. 

But, instead of reeling under pressure to come up with this elusively perfect essay hook at the eleventh hour, I’ve found a better way to write great essay hooks. 

In this guide, I’ll tell you what it takes to write the most compelling and attention-grabbing hooks. I’ll also break down six awesome types of essay hooks you can experiment with and share examples to inspire your next opening statement.

What is an Essay Hook?

An essay hook is the opening statement of an essay, written to capture readers' attention and nudge them to learn more about the topic. Also known as a lede or lead, this hook introduces readers to the topic/theme of the essay and piques their curiosity to continue reading. 

The hook creates the entire narrative for your essay. It tells readers what to expect from the rest of the essay and creates context around your main argument or thesis statement. 

6 Types of Essay Hooks You Can Experiment With

I’ve created this handy list of six different types of essay hooks. You can choose the one that best fits your essay’s context and create a stellar opening statement within minutes. 

1. Compelling fact or statistic

Lead with evidence and use a powerful fact or statistic as your essay hook. It’s one of the best ways to capture readers’ attention from the start and keep them intrigued throughout your essay. 

For example, if you’re writing about the importance of time management for freelancers, you have two options to create your opening sentence:

Generic : “Managing time as a freelancer is no easy feat.”

Impactful : “Nearly 70% of freelancers struggle to effectively divide and manage their time between multiple clients.” 

This data point, linked to the original research, sets a strong tone for your essay and draws people in to read more. It communicates  

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2. Bold claim hook

When working on an argumentative essay , I always write with the mindset that nobody has the time to read my thoughts from start to finish. So, I have to get to the point quickly and make a solid argument worth people’s time. 

That's when opening with a bold claim works best. Condense all your views on the topic into a few thought-provoking lines that would make readers go, hmmm…

But remember, you can't open with a claim that people already know and accept as fact. It has to be something original and unique to make your readers tick, nudging them to dive deeper into your essay. 

For example, if you’re writing about water crisis, you have two options to open your essay: 

‍ "In some regions, there is not enough clean water for people to use."
‍ "Imagine a world where every drop of water is a battle, a precious commodity fought over by scores of people and animals alike. This can become a reality as early as 2050."

This bold claim presents a convincing argument about the global water crisis. It also emphasizes the urgency of this argument with a research-backed statistic.

Create a bold claim suggestion using AI

Can’t think of a strong opening sentence for your essay? Wordtune can translate your thoughts into a bold claim and create a compelling essay hook. 

Open your Wordtune editor and write a few lines related to your topic. These sentences should have a consensus among your audience. Then, choose the 'Counterargument' option from the list of suggestions. 

And you’ll have a bold claim for your essay with no effort at all!

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3. Story/Anecdote hook

In all my years of writing, I’ve noticed how stories have a unique effect on people. A good story can resonate with a bigger audience, pique their curiosity, and deliver a more personal message. 

That's why you can cite a personal anecdote or talk about a publicly known story as a good hook for your essay. This hook allows you to play with words and work in more storytelling . 

One of my favorite writing tips applies here: enter the scene as late as possible and leave as early as possible. You have to keep it crisp instead of rambling on and on. 

Consider these two examples:

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Either of these hooks could work fine if we were just writing a personal essay about a move to a new place. But if we’re specifically writing about the sky, the second example is better. It sticks to the point — the sky and the color of the sky — and doesn’t stray into irrelevant details. 

Create a compelling story with AI

I get it—not all of us are natural storytellers. But you can use AI to your advantage to create a concise and exciting story for your essay.  

Wordtune can help you write a short story from scratch or trim down your writing into a quick anecdote. Click on the expand or shorten button to edit your story any way you like. 

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4. Question Hook

Humans have a tendency to immediately look for answers every time they come across fascinating questions. Using questions as essay hooks can reel people into your essay and feed their curiosity.

But questions are also fairly overused in essays. You don't want to use a generic question that makes people say, " Not another question ." 

Instead, think of questions that approach your topic from a fresh angle. This means honing in on what was especially interesting or surprising from your research—and maybe even brainstorming different questions to find the most fascinating one.

For example, if you’re writing about the psychology behind why we buy, you have two options to open your essay:

‍ “Do you know what factors compel us to buy certain things?”

Plugged in :

“Before buying anything, have you ever taken a moment to pause and think about possible reasons driving you to this purchase?”

The latter is more descriptive and creates a realistic scenario for readers to truly think about the topic of the essay.

5. Description hook

A descriptive hook works best when writing an explanatory or opinion-led essay. Descriptive hooks, as the name suggests, illustrate a topic in detail to create context for the essay. It's a good way to build awareness for and educate readers on lesser-known themes.

But a descriptive hook can easily become too plain or unexciting to read. To make it work, you have to write an engaging description using imagery, analogies, and other figures of speech. 

Remember to make your hook reader-friendly by avoiding passive voice, mainstream cliches, and lengthy sentences.

Consider this example:

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Describing a sunset is too cliche, so cross that one off the list. Describing the sky as it is on a normal day wouldn't be shocking or unexpected, so scratch that one, too.

This example creates something unique by using analogies to describe the color of the sky and painting a beautiful picture. 

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Writing an exciting hook for a boring topic is more challenging than it looks. But Wordtune makes it a breeze with just two steps:

  • Open the Wordtune editor and write your essay topic.
  • Click on Explain or Emphasize and let it work its magic.

You can also change the tone of voice to make the text more in tune with your theme. 

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6. Metaphor hook

One of my favorite essay hooks is to open with a persuasive metaphor to contextualize the topic. Metaphors can help you approach the topic from a completely different lens and wow your readers with interesting insight. 

Metaphors are also super versatile to make your writing more impactful. You can write a one-line metaphor or create a scenario comparing one thing to another and linking it to your topic. 

For example, if you’re writing about the experience of working at a startup, you can open your essay with these two options:

Short & sweet: "Joining a startup is like strapping into a rollercoaster: be ready to witness thrilling highs and sinking drops."

Long & descriptive : “Picture a small sailboat navigating the unpredictable winds and tides in a vast ocean. That’s a startup operating in a massive market. And with the right vision, this journey is filled with risks and rewards.” 

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Writing good metaphors takes up a lot of creative brain power. You can always use Wordtune to find some extra inspiration if you're out of creative ideas. 

Type your opening line in the Wordtune editor and click on the 'Give an analogy' option. You can ask for as many suggestions as you want till you find the best one! 

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What to Know About Your Essay (and Topic) Before You Write the Hook

Whether you’re writing a research paper on economics, an argumentative essay for your college composition class, or a personal essay sharing your thoughts on a topic, you need to nail down a few things before you settle on the first line for your essay.

‍ Let me break them down for you. 

1. Gain in-depth knowledge of your topic

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Before you start writing your essay, you need to know your topic — not just in name, but in-depth. You don't have to become a subject matter expert overnight. But you do need to research the topic inside out 

Your research will help you:

  • Narrow your focus
  • Build an argument
  • Shape the narrative

Your research insights determine your essay’s structure and guide your choice of hook. 

After organizing your research in a neat outline, think to yourself: ‍Did you uncover a shocking fact? A compelling anecdote? An interesting quote? Any of those things could be your hook.

⚡ ‍ Take action: After finishing your research, review your notes and think through your essay. Mark or make a list of anything compelling enough to be a good lead.

2. Type of essay

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In academic settings, there are generally three kinds of essays:

  • Argumentative: Making the case for a certain stance or route of action.
  • Expository: Explaining the who, what, when, where, why, and how of some phenomenon.
  • Narrative: Telling a true story as a way to explore different ideas.

‍ The type of essay you’re writing is key to choosing the best hook for your piece. 

A serious argumentative essay can start with a shocking statistic or a bold claim. And an expository essay can open with a descriptive hook while a metaphor hook would work best for a narrative essay.

⚡ ‍ Take action: Go through your list of potential hooks and cross out anything that doesn't fit the type of essay you're writing, whether it's persuasive , argumentative, or any other type.

3. Audience and tone

A best practice I often share with writers is to think of one reader and keep yourself in their shoes . This exercise can tell you so much about your audience — what kind of tone they like, what matters the most to them, what topics interest them, and so on. 

You can use these insights to create a compelling essay hook. Here’s how:

  • For an argumentative essay, you’re trying to convince someone who doesn’t agree with you that what you’re claiming is right or, at least, reasonable. You don’t want to turn them off with snarky or offensive language — but you do want to be authoritative. Your hook should match that tone and support your effort.
  • A narrative essay is likely to welcome more lyrical language, so starting with a colorful description or an anecdote might make more sense than, say, a bold claim or surprising fact. Whatever tone you choose for your narrative essay — comical or gentle or bold — should be used for your hook.
  • ‍ Expository essays can use all sorts of tones and be written to a variety of audiences, so think carefully about the tone that best fits your subject matter. An essay explaining how the human body shuts down when overdosed will likely require a different tone than one on the lives of circus masters in the late 1800s. 

⚡ ‍ Take action: Look at your list. Can you write these potential hooks in a tone that suits your subject and audience?

4. Length of essay

Are you writing a 10-page paper or a three-page reflection? Or is this your senior thesis, pushing over 100 pages?

‍ If you’re writing a shorter paper, you’ll want to keep your hook quick and snappy.  

Readers are expecting a quick read, and they don’t want to spend five minutes only going through the introduction. 

In contrast, you can approach a longer essay — like a senior thesis or a term paper — with a longer hook. Just make sure your hook relates to and supports the core point of your essay. You don’t want to waste space describing a scene that ultimately has nothing to do with the rest of your piece.

⚡ ‍ Take action: If you write out the items on your list, how long will they be? A sentence or paragraph? Perfect. Two to five paragraphs? Unless your essay is on the longer side, you may want to save that information for later in the piece.

‍ Now that you know the basic facts about what you’re writing, let’s look at some approaches you could use to catch those readers — and reel them in.

3 Approaches to Avoid When Writing Hooks 

I’ve read hundreds of essays — enough to recognize lazy writing from the first few words. It’s equally easy for readers to discard your essays as ‘poorly written’ just by reading the first line. 

So, I made a list of three types of essay hooks you want to avoid at all costs because these hooks can only disappoint your readers. 

1. Quotations

Quotes are probably the most overused type of hook in any form of writing. What's even worse is rinsing and repeating the same old quotes from Abraham Lincoln or Nelson Mandela in your essays. 

No matter how powerful a quote sounds, you shouldn’t slap it at the opening of your essay. It doesn’t give readers the excitement of reading something original and looks lazy.

For example, if you’re writing an essay on productivity, here’s what a good and bad lede looks like:

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work” – Stephen King
Did you know that consuming 100 gms of sugar can slash your productivity levels by over 50% in a day?  

2. Definitions

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines a hook as "a thing designed to catch people's attention." 

If I opened my article with this dictionary definition of a hook, you’d have either dozed off or left this page long back to find something more interesting. 

Here's the thing: definitions put people to sleep. Readers don't want to see a formal, jargon-heavy definition of a topic as the very first line of an essay. Your opening statement should have some personality in it to show readers they're in for an exciting read. 

For example, if you’re writing about happy hormones, here’s what a good and bad lede looks like:

Happy hormones are known to boost the happiness levels in your body by creating positive feelings.
Ever wondered why cat videos make you instantly happy, and ice creams give you an extra dose of energy? It's all about how happy hormones control our brain chemistry.

3. “Imagine this”

Opening your essay with "Imagine this" used to be an interesting way to put your readers in a scenario and set the context for your essay. But now, it's far too cliched and just another lazy attempt to write an essay hook. 

You can create a relatable scenario for users without asking them to imagine or picture it. Use the descriptive hook format with an interesting choice of words to convey the same ideas more creatively.

For example, if you’re writing an essay on preparing for higher studies abroad, here’s what a good and bad lede looks like:

Imagine this: You’ve been applying to multiple universities, writing SOPs, and preparing for exams without guidance. Everything can go south any minute. 
College application season is officially here. But with each passing day, you’re under more and more stress to apply to your chosen colleges and tick all the items off your list.

‍Our Go-To Trick for Writing Catchy Hooks

This opening statement can make or break your entire essay. While I’ve broken down my best tips to create the best essay hooks, here’s a surefire way to write compelling openings :

Go through your notes and either outline your essay or write the whole thing. This way, you’ll know the central thread (or throughline) that runs throughout your piece. 

Once your essay or outline is complete, go back through and identify a particularly compelling fact, claim, or example that relates to that central thread.

‍Write up that fact, claim, or example as the hook for your essay using any of the methods we’ve covered. Then revise or write your essay so the hook leads smoothly into the rest of the piece and you don’t repeat that information elsewhere.

Does your hook spark curiosity in you? 

Did that fact surprise you in the research stage? 

Chances are, your readers will have the same reaction.

And that’s exactly what you want.

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Effective Attention Getters for Your Essay with Examples

Whether you’re trying to enroll in college or submitting a scholarship application, your essay has to be super appealing. Pressed for time, most admissions committees will only glance at the first paragraph to decide whether the piece is worth a read. Since nobody can guarantee your submission gets considered, it’s up to you to ensure it will amuse the reader.

So how do you write the perfect attention-grabber and impress the college admissions counselors? How can you make your work stands out from the crowd? Below you can find good attention-getters for essays to help you write a compelling introductory paragraph that makes the audience want to read on.

What Are Attention Grabbers in Essays?

The so-called attention-grabbing technique has a simple purpose. It must catch the reader’s interest from the very beginning. Hence, you need sentences that make a good essay introduction and attempt to stir the audience and show your ability to weave words.

For instance, an amusing fact, personal experience, or a joke can do the job. Whatever strategy you use, don’t forget that using random quotes or anecdotes won’t work. Your intro must lead to the main thesis or introduce an opposing argument you’re about to refute.

The Importance of Good Attention Grabbers for Essays

Also known as “grabbers” and “hooks,” these elements always go in the first paragraph. Often, they make the first two or three sentences of the intro. At this point, ensure you include compare and contrast transition words to make sentences run smoothly in a coherent whole.

But why do you need an attention-getter? What impact does it leave on the reader? Here are a few reasons.

  • To convince the reader to go until the end of your work and not give up after the first few lines.
  • To tell the audience that you’re a skillful writer who knows how to use an intriguing opening.
  • To encourage people not keen on the subject to get on the bandwagon.
  • To invoke the curiosity of whoever’s considering the paper.
  • To inform that you’re exposing something rare, not just another chore.

Different Types of Attention Grabbers for College Essays

Several attention-grabbing openings can achieve the same effect. The most compelling introductory lines include posing a question, storytelling, sharing fascinating statistics, and rhetorical generalizations. Below, we list examples of attention-getters for essays to help you get on the right foot.

Whatever method you choose, you can’t go wrong. Hooks go interchangeably in almost any written piece. However, if you have writer’s block, refer to a  reflective essay writing service to get the ball rolling. These experts can assist you in drafting a relatable and highly appealing attention-getter.

Use a Quotation

Using a quote when writing an essay will make it credible and intriguing. This strategy engages the emotional side of readers and connects them to your wording. To start strongly, find a quotation by a famous author or expert related to your topic. Use it wisely to support the thesis and demonstrate that your research is thorough. Besides conveying your thoughts eloquently , quotes move and speak to people with timeless words.

Examples of a Quotation

If you want to present yourself as a creative and artful soul, begin your paper with: “Einstein once said: Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

Similarly, if you wish to come across as a hard-working and trustworthy student, say: “Samuel Johnson claimed that what we ever hope to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.”

Use Shocking Statistic

Another way to capture the audience is to introduce a striking figure or data relevant to the topic. Avoid facts that everyone is aware of and pick something surprising. Moreover, when writing conclusion paragraph for your essay , you may end with some projected statistics from trusted sources. This hack is excellent for informative or technical papers.

Examples of Attention Grabbers with Shocking Statistics

“According to tech schools, girls get outnumbered 6 to 1 by boys when it comes to enrolling in computer science classes.”

“The latest research shows that the human body contains ten times more bacteria than cells.”

Ask a Question

Posing a question at the beginning is an effective method to compel your reader. However, you must know the audience well to create an intriguing formulation that stimulates critical thinking. In addition, the intro query should direct the reader to read the paper and find the answer. Hence, avoid posing questions that are too general and don’t impress the target recipient.

Introductory Question Hooks

“Have you ever been so keen on a course that you spent the entire summer working to afford it?”

“Do you feel that each photograph, regardless of its high-quality, reduces the reality it represents?”

Tell an Anecdote

Share an experience that makes your life journey unique and relates to the essay’s purpose. By doing so, you will engage your reader emotionally. Often, considering a  descriptive essay writing service can help you transform your chronicle into an attention-grabbing hook. Alternatively, a well-crafted fictional account can evoke the same emotional response.

Example of a Real Event

“The day I met my Science teacher in middle school changed my life for the better. And not because she encouraged me to pursue a career as a geneticist. The encounter was something you’d never expect. As my dad approached the building, he hit another car on the side, and guess who was inside? My new Science teacher.”

Use Storytelling

Why not start the essay with a story or a good joke and steer away from complicated concepts? Everybody loves well-written stories because they raise interest and leave a trace. Yet, connecting the narrative with what follows next is critical to the main theme of the assignment. Finally, this approach is ideal for admission applications but not for more formal academic papers.

Example of a Great Story

“Lightings stroke hard, and the rain was attacking the roof, drowning any words we tried to pronounce. I’d expected to play the guitar and show the company my latest song, but the universe prevented whatever I attempted to do that night.”

Use Rhetorical Generalizations

Consider issuing a statement to serve as a pathway into the main argument. Conversely, if you doubt your writing skills, hire a  website to write an essay to get you admitted into college. These professionals know how to use a generalization that introduces your thesis statement in a way that challenges people to contemplate the topic.

Ideas for Rhetorical Generalizations

“Who wouldn’t agree that higher education is the most reliable ticket to self-fulfillment?”

“Recycling is undoubtedly the most efficient method to attain sustainability.”

Using any of these attention getter examples will pave your path to success. However, it’s not just the opening that needs to get polished to perfection. You may quickly spoil the first impression if the rest of the essay abounds with irrelevant information or contains grammatical errors and typos. This can be avoided if you get a professional essay writing service . So, getting help is a good option.

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The Essay Guide for Ambitious Students on How to Write an Essay Hook

Ingenious Tips for Essay Hooks That Catch and Hold Readers Attention

What Is an Essay Hook? How Does It Work?

How often do you use hooks for your papers? Do you know how to write a beneficial hook? First things first. An essay hook is an opening statement used to grab readers’ attention. If you wish a hook really works in your paper, you have to select the right one and remember that a good hook refers to the whole topic of your work, not just to some passages. Writing an excellent introduction to your essay makes your paper easier to read as an intro is like a seed. When you drop the right seed in your composition, you will get great results.

How to Find Beneficial Hooks?

Before using good hooks in your essay, you have to know what kind of paper you are going to write. It can be a definition, descriptive, or narrative essay and can be totally different from argumentative and critical ones. So, it means that grabbers for essays are nothing alike. Think of who is going to read your piece of writing. Each generation speaks its language, so if it will be read by children, use a simple style, or if your essay is intended for professionals, you can use a specific language to write an effective essay hook.

Why Do Facts Work as an Attention Grabber?

If you want to make someone read your paper to the end, get hooked him with a good attention grabber for an essay, such as a fact that they may not have known, and that will attract interest to the whole work. You can use a surprising fact which leaves no one indifferent. Let’s consider one of the following hook sentence examples:

Diet Cola will ruin your brain and give your brain cancer.

Admittedly, it’s a shocking fact, but such points usually work in most cases.

Try to avoid too complicated and too long expressions in facts. Otherwise, your essay will be dull from the very beginning.

A Catchy Fact Makes an Audience Read the Entire Essay

If you write a fact essay hook to drag attention to your paper, bear in mind that there are two types of facts: statistical and interesting. The statistical facts are used while writing an essay relating scientific subjects. Interesting facts could be some new information that you faced while investigating your topic, and you want to share it. Look at some examples of essay hooks:

Children aged 0-14 years account for only 12% of the population in Germany while in Kenya, this group accounts for 40%.

If you accidentally rip up 10 Australian dollars, don't get upset - you can use both halves as a five-dollar bill.

Win a Reader With a Joke

If you are eager to make your composition easy to read, catch, and hold a reader, anecdotes or jokes are considered as great hooks for this purpose. You can use a funny story, a story from your own experience, or a figment of your imagination. Your joke should be referred to as the main idea and shouldn’t be offensive. Of course, when a person starts reading your paper, he can ask, “Why did he write this joke? Why do I need it?” but nevertheless keep reading your work to find out why this joke refers to it. Your goal is achieved, your paper hook has worked, and your reader is captured, and he is going to learn your entire essay.

Do Opening Questions Hold Attention: True or False?

An opening question is one of the efficient grabbers for essays. For instance, asking a question such as “ How would you like to make a million dollars in ten minutes?” People would like to learn the answer to the question if your paper is started with a question. The simple trick of setting a question at the beginning will interest your readers. This desire is based on curiosity. So, if you wish to know how to write an opening question hook, rely on people’s feelings and possible emotions. As an option, use a rhetorical question. It’s an affirmation question that does not require an answer. A rhetorical question attracts the audience’s attention, makes them think about the problem, and pushes them to a particular conclusion. For example, People need food and water to live, don’t they? Using similar hook sentence examples is an exciting way of starting a composition on such topics as life values, existence, society problems, etc.

Let’s Write a Brilliant Research Paper Hook

You know that writing research papers can be overwhelming and exhausting. Even knowing that you need to find a suitable paper hook doesn’t make it easier because you have no idea for hooks at all. Here you can find some useful hooks for your research paper.

Famous quote. The usage of a quote from an influential man is an excellent way to support your idea. It will show that you have something in common with the mentioned person.

Setting the scene. It can be used as a good description hook. When you paint a picture with your own words, it draws the audience to read your paper to the end and find out how you have solved the current problem.

Use statistics. It’s a good idea to back up your statements with actual statistics and proven facts.

Set your thesis. It will express your side of the argument, and readers will be inclined to understand why you chose this position, and keep reading.

Persuasive Essay Hooks

Persuasive hook sentences are powerful statements that bring an affirmation about your paper. The technique of a strong statement is suitable here because it doesn’t matter if your readers agree or disagree with you. They just wonder how you are going to support your idea. A persuasive essay hook makes readers’ pay attention to the current issues and starts thinking of how to solve them. An excellent way to catch someone’s focus is to announce the problem or question that is related to the topic.

Good Hooks For Compare Essay

Having a task to write a compare essay, you need to provide good hooks for two points of view, as in this type of essay, the main task is to consider two existing points of view. A good idea for essay hooks can be using statements with pros and cons. For example:

Being a vegetarian has its distinct advantages and disadvantages.

Essay Hook Types

Ways to Create a Paper Hook of the Mixed Type

If you don’t take an easy road, you can try to write an essay hook of the mixed type. It can be rather tricky, but it’s worth the risk. Experienced essay writers combine a narrative hook and an anecdote. As a result, they have a vivid, rich story that can’t help but attract the audience. Or you can start with a thesis statement and add a question to develop your further discussion in your essay. Let’s have a look at some hook mixed examples.

Children must be disciplined. How can we achieve it?

The digression will confuse your readers, so while writing, stick to the main idea of your composition.

A Literary Quote Helps to Express Your Deep Thoughts

An excellent attention grabber for essay is a literary quote. You can start your composition with something that has been written or said a long time ago by outstanding poets or writers. Quotes help you not only to express yourself but also to catch and hold a crowd of readers. We got used to trusting people who succeeded in life, and their words usually have some power. Have you got an idea of creating a good essay and would like to know how to write a good literary hook? Investigate your topic properly and think of writers who have ever dealt with this topic and choose the best one that will be able to characterize your position.

Famous People Quotes Provoke the Reader’s Interest

Quotes from famous people’s inspirational speeches can draw attention to your composition. Their motivational monologues have been divided into hundreds of quotes that are widely used. Let’s look at a hook using quote examples.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

This quote could be appropriate to discuss people’s relationships or problems of the generation gap.

Effective Ways to Start Your Sentences in an Essay

Good hooks make the difference while writing an essay . Still, it often happens that a person, having enough eloquence, face obstacles in starting an essay. Sometimes you just need to start your first sentence, and then everything is going okay without any hook sentences. If you wonder how to begin your sentence effectively, you can use the following prompts. Don’t forget to use transition words (as well as, due to, for this reason), use words when citing (in fact, for instance, namely), use words to order events (eventually, in the meantime), summarizing words (all in all, in brief).

Good Hooks for Essays: 14 Hook Ideas with Examples

Now here’s the clue.

If you want to wow your teacher, polish the introduction. Add something interesting, funny, shocking, or intriguing. Good essay hooks help you build an emotional connection right from the start. Think of an essay hook as bait for your readers.

Our expert team has prepared numerous examples of hooks for essays. You’ll find hook examples for an argumentative essay, personal story, history essay, and other types of papers.

For 100% clarity, we provided examples using each hook tactic. And a short part about how to write a good hook.

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  • 💎 What Exactly Is a Hook & How to Write a Good One
  • 📜 Examples of Classical Essay Hooks
  • 💡 Try Some Informative Essay Hooks
  • 🦄 Here are the Most Uncommon Essay Hooks

✅ Good Hooks for Essays: Bonus Tips

  • 🔗 References for More Information

We highly recommend reading all the methods and examples, so you don’t have any questions.

💎 How to Write a Hook That Will Work for Your Essay?

The hook of your essay usually appears in the very first sentence.

The average length of an essay hook should be 3-7 sentences, depending on the topic.

But first, let’s quickly go through the key questions.

What Is an Essay Hook?

An essay hook (or narrative hook) is a literary technique that writers use to keep their readers engaged. It shows that the content below is worth reading.

The hook can have different lengths. Some writers make it last for several pages. Though, it better be a short paragraph or even a sentence.

Why Do You Need a Good Essay Hook?

Writing the right hook is essential for a few reasons:

  • It heats up your readers’ interest. If you did it right, they read the whole piece.
  • It shows off your skills . A right hook presents you as an expert in your field.
  • It attracts target audience. Only the readers you want will keep reading.
  • It keeps the tension on the right level. Use an intriguing question, and a reader dies to find out the answer.
  • It makes a good introduction. Starting your essay off a boring fact is simply not a good idea.

How to Write a Good Hook: Ideas and Examples

Next, we will discuss these hook types in more detail. We’ll also provide essay hook examples of less common yet intriguing types: dialogue, story, contradiction, comparison, definition, metaphor, puzzle, announcement, and background information hooks.

💬 The Famous Quote Hook

Use a famous quote as a hook for your essay on history, literature, or even social sciences. It will present you as an established writer. It shows how knowledgeable you are and motivates the readers to engage in the text.

⬇️ Check out examples below ⬇️

Quote Hook Example: Political Science

Hilary Clinton once said that "there cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard." Which creates a discussion about how perfect democracy should look like. If it is a form of government that considers all opinions, why are women silenced so often even nowadays? The truth is that we need to ensure completely equal opportunities for women in politics before we talk about establishing the correct version of democracy. And even the most developed and progressive countries are still struggling to get to that level of equality. It can be achieved by various methods, even though they might only work in certain countries.

Social Sciences

"Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country." These words of wisdom from John Kennedy reflect the perspective we need to teach the younger generations. For some reason, it has become popular to blame the government for any problem arising in society. Is it their fault that we don't think about waste and keep trashing our home? Social responsibility is a real thing. The well-being of our countries starts with the actions of every separate individual. It is not entirely right to wait until the government fixes all the issues for us. The best strategy is to start thinking about what we can do as a community to make our home even a better place.

And excellent sources of quotes for you:

  • Brainyquote.com – you can search quotes by topic or by author.
  • Goodreads.com is not only a great collection of e-books but also quotes.
  • Quoteland.com has plenty of brilliant words for all imaginable situations.
  • Quotationspage.com – more than 30,000 quotations for unique essay hooks.

❓Rhetorical Question Essay Hooks

It doesn’t have to be rhetorical – any type of question addressed to your audience will do its job. Such a universal kind of hook can spike the interest of your readers immediately.

Some useful patterns of rhetorical questions:

  • What could be more important than…?
  • What if there was only one… (chance/day/hour)?
  • Who wouldn’t like to… (be a cat/turn visitors into clients)?
  • Why bother about… (inequality/imperfect education system)?
  • Which is more important: … (making money or realizing potential)?

And more in examples:

Example of a Question Hook on Education

Wouldn't free access to education for everyone be wonderful? The answer would most likely be positive. However, it is not as simple as it seems. As much as the governments try to achieve this goal, there are still many uneducated people. On the bright side, in the era of technology, learning has never been so easy. Of course, some young adults just prefer the shortcut option of taking a student loan. Other ways are much more challenging and require a lot of responsibility and patience. Finding free educational resources online and gaining experience with the help of video tutorials might sound unprofessional. Still, you will be surprised how many experts hired in different fields only received this type of education.

Question Hook Example: Health

Is there anything that can help you lose weight fast? You have probably heard of this magical keto diet that is getting more and more popular worldwide. People claim that it helps them shred those excess pounds in unbelievably short terms. But how healthy is it, and does it suit anyone? The truth is that no diet is universal, and thanks to our differences, some weight-loss methods can even be harmful. Keto diet, for example, leads your body into the state of ketosis. What happens is that you don't receive carbohydrates, and in this state, fat is used as the primary source of energy instead them. However, it carries potential threats.

😂 Anecdotal Essay Hooks

This type would usually be more suitable for literary pieces or personal stories. So, don’t use it for formal topics, such as business and economics. Note that this hook type can be much longer than one sentence. It usually appears as the whole first paragraph itself.

It wouldn't be Kate if she didn't do something weird, so she took a stranger for her best friend this time. There is nothing wrong with it; mistakes like that happen all the time. However, during only five minutes that Kate spent with the stranger, she blabbed too much. Thinking that she sat down at the table that her friend took, Kate was so busy starting on her phone that she didn't notice that it wasn't her friend at all. Sure enough, the naive girl started talking about every little detail of her last night that she spent with her date. It was too much for the ears of an old lady. Kate realized she took the wrong table only when it was too late.

Literature (personal story)

Do not ever underestimate the power of raccoons! Those little furry animals that may look overly cute are too smart and evil. It only takes one box of pizza left outside your house by the delivery person for the disaster to begin. When they smell that delicious pizza, no doors can stop them. They will join the forces to find a hole in your house to squeeze into. Even if it's a window crack four feet above the ground, they know how to get to it. Using their fellow raccoons as the ladder, they get inside the house. They sneak into the kitchen and steal your pizza in front of your eyes and your scared-to-death dog. Not the best first day in the new home, is it? 

📈 Fact or Statistic Hook

Looking deeper into your essay topic, you might find some numbers that are quite amusing or shocking. They can serve as perfect hooks for economics- and business-oriented writings. Also, it is better if they are less known.

Business/social sciences

The UAE workforce is culturally diverse since around 20% of employees (usually called expatriates) come from different countries. Ex-pats tend to take managerial positions, which makes communication within companies quite tricky. The training focused on raising cultural awareness is getting more common, but such educational strategies as games (or gamification) are still rarely applied in the UAE companies. Yet, gamification was a useful tool in other places, making it an attractive UAE team building method. It can significantly help integrate ex-pats and create a more culturally aware environment.

Statistic Hook Example in Economics

The United Arab Emirate's debt has been rising drastically in past years, from about US$17 billion in 2003, which is almost 19 percent of GDP, to US$184 billion in 2009. Only a small proportion of the debt can be tracked directly to the public sector. A report by UBS bank shows that most of the debt comes from the corporate sector. Most of the companies that hold the main section of the debt are financial institutions. The public sector partly owns them. Banks in the UAE have been accumulating their debt amounts in the years mentioned above and could now account for 75 percent of the total foreign debt. The discussion is about the reasons why the UAE debt has been rising at an alarming rate.

Some good sources for statistics

  • Finance.yahoo.com is perfect for business papers.
  • Usa.gov/statistics is an easy-to-use governmental engine for searching data and stats.
  • Unstats.un.org provides a massive collection of statistics published by UN organizations
  • Oecd-ilibrary.org is the online library of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), featuring its books, papers, and statistics and is a gateway to the OECD’s analysis and data.

🤯 Shocking Facts are Very Good Hooks for Essays

Very similar to a statistical hook, a fact can serve as a perfect engaging introduction. Search your field for some shocking phenomenon and gently insert it in the beginning.

Don’t forget to include a reliable source reinforcing your words!

Fact Hook Example in Economics

Nowadays, much attention is paid to the problem of shark finning around the world. Millions of sharks are killed annually for their fins, and many of them are dropped back to the ocean finless, where they die because of suffocation. In many countries, the idea of shark finning remains illegal and unethical, but the possibility of earning huge money cannot be ignored (Dell'Apa et al. 151). Regarding available technologies, market economies, trade relations, and cheap employment, it does not take much time to organize special trips for shark hunting. The Trade of shark fins is alive and well developed in countries like the United States and China. However, the number of people who are eager to try shark fin soup has considerably decreased during the last several years because of the popularity of anti-shark fin soup campaigns and laws supported worldwide (Mosbergen). The situation continues to change in China.

Daniel Stacey and Ross Kelly observed that long lines and a new gray market trend for bigger screen phones marked Apple's new iPhones debut. As expected, new phone models drew Apple fans outside retail stores (Stacey and Kelly). Global critics, however, noted that this year's lines were generally longer relative to previous periods mainly because of the developing gray market for Apple products. The new Apple's iPhones have larger screens than the previous models. Also, they boast of improved battery life, faster processors, and an enhanced camera. Tim Cook called them "mother of all upgrades" (Stacey and Kelly).

Sources to look for reliable facts:

  • Buzzfeed.com – news, videos, quizzes.
  • Cracked.com – a website full of funny stuff, like articles, videos, pictures, etc.
  • Webmd.com – an incredible collection of medical facts you will love.
  • Livescience.com – discoveries hitting on a broad range of fields.
  • National Geographic – needs no introduction.
  • Mental Floss answers life’s big questions, a compilation of fascinating facts and incredible stories.

🗣️ Dialogue as a Catchy Hook for Essays

Dialogue is another type of hooks that goes perfectly with pieces of literature and stories. It can even make your short essay stand out if you include it at the beginning. But don’t forget that it only concerns specific topics such as literature and history.

Here it is:

Dialogue Hook Example in Literature

– Why did you do it? – I don't know anymore… That's why I'm leaving for a little bit right now. I need time to think.

With these words, Anna stepped back into the train car and waved goodbye to Trevor. She couldn’t even find the right words to explain why she ran away on her wedding day. It wasn’t that she didn’t love Trevor, but there was this deep, natural, and unexplored feeling that told her it wasn’t time yet. But the only thing Anna realized was that the city made her sick. That day, she took off her wedding dress, bought a ticket on the next flight leaving that afternoon, and hopped on the train taking her to the airport. She couldn’t even remember the country’s name she was going to so blurry everything was from her tears.

Dialogue Hook for History Essay

– If we still had inquisition, we could probably set him on fire. – Some dark magic, indeed, my friend! It would have probably been a real dialogue if we knew who was the first automobile inventor for sure. People were undoubtedly shocked to see the cars moving by themselves without horses. However, since they started appearing around the globe around the same time, it is almost impossible to identify who was the original creator of the idea and the first automobile itself. The credit was usually given to Karl Benz from Germany, who created a gasoline car in 1885-1886. But there are also much earlier records of a gentleman named Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, who built the first vehicle powered by steam in France in 1769.

🔮 A Story Looks Like an Extremely Good Essay Hook

A universal essay hook is a story. You can use this trick pretty much anywhere. The main challenge is to be as authentic as possible, try to tell something fresh and engaging. The more specific and narrow the story, the more chances for a successful introduction.

Story Hook Example for an Essay on Business

Dell started fast and strong. The original company was founded in 1984 when the founder was only a 19-year-old student at the University of Texas. Four years after the inception of the company, Michael Dell became the Entrepreneur of the Year. Eight years after he started the company from his dorm room's comfort, Dell was chosen as the Man of the Year by PC Magazine. […] The company was acknowledged as the world's leading direct marketer of personal computers. At the same time, Dell was known as one of the top five PC vendors on the planet (Hunger 9). […] However, the company's journey encountered a major hurdle down the road. Even after recovering from an economic recession in 2010, the company continued to experience declining sales.

🦚 Contradictory Statement – Queen of Good Hooks

Everybody loves to start an argument by contradicting some facts. Therefore, you simply need to add a controversial statement at the beginning of your essay. People of all ages and beliefs will not be able to stop reading it!

Challenging your readers works well for social sciences, business, and psychology topics.

Examples of contradictory statements essay hooks:

If you think being a manager is a calm and relatively easy task, try surviving on five cups of coffee, a sandwich, and two packs of cigarettes a day. You would rather believe that managers only walk around the office and give their staff orders, wouldn't you? Unfortunately, the reality is much harsher than such rainbowy dreams. The use of the internet in academic contexts is on the rise, and its role in learning is hotly debated. For many teachers who did not grow up with this technology, its effects seem alarming and potentially harmful. A whole set of personal qualities and professional skills must keep up with the successful strategic planning, assessment, and development. All the tasks the managers need to attend to are nerve-wracking and sometimes almost impossible to do. The stress from the demanding managerial position is often overlooked or underestimated.

Social sciences

Video games have been ruining our kids' lives and leading to an increase in crime. Since the gaming industry's development in recent years, the fear of its adverse effects on the younger generations' brains has become a significant concern. There is such a wide variety of games, ranging from educational to violent shooters and horrors. Almost immediately, caring parents jumped on the latter category, claiming that its impact is too significant and children become more aggressive and uncontrollable. Some supporters of this theory went even further. They decided to link real-life crimes to the effects of violent video games on child and adult behavior. However, as we will see later in this article, there is no or little scientific evidence supporting those ideas.

🔁 Vivid Comparison Essay Hook

Introducing your topic with an engaging, vivid comparison is a universal strategy. It is suitable for any kind of writing. The main idea is to grab your readers’ attention by showing them your unique perspective on the topic. Try to make the comparison amusing and exciting.

Comparison Essay Hook Options:

  • Comparison with daily chores (e.g., Proofreading your essays is like cleaning your teeth.)
  • Comparison with something everyone hates (e.g., Learning grammar is like going to the dentist.)
  • Comparison with something everyone loves (e.g., John was happy like a child eating a free vanilla ice cream.)
  • Comparison of modern and old-school phenomena (e.g., Modern email has much in common with pigeon post.)
  • Funny comparison (e.g., Justin Bieber is the Michael Jackson of his time)

Check out examples:

Environment

For many people, flying feels like a dream come true. More and more people take their first-ever flight thanks to the rapidly developing aviation technologies. Aircraft and airports are advancing, and air traveling is getting cheaper. However, except for transporting eager travel addicted and business people, planes are used in other ways. It appears that the whole economies across the world depend on the effectiveness and efficiency of airlines. Import and export demand this kind of transportation to work at all times. Aviation development seems like a great thing. However, just like any other technological breakthrough, it comes with a price. Environmental issues did not wait too long to show up.

Social sciences/psychology

Leaving home for the first time as a freshman can only be compared to the level of stress you had in childhood when your mother left you in the line at the checkout for too long. Indeed, becoming a student and moving out of the parent's house comes with a great deal of stress. All the unknown that lies ahead makes youngsters too anxious. Then, the difficulties of financial planning and increased academic pressure come as additional sources of worries. However, it does not have to be such a negative experience. Particular techniques can help students overcome their stress related to the separation from their parents.

📄 Definitions = Easy & Good Hooks for Essays

Another versatile essay hook option is introducing a qualitative definition. Try to make it capacious, and don’t fall into verbal jungles. This narrative hook is perfect for short scientific papers where there is only one focus subject.

Business Ethics

White-collar crime refers to the peaceful offense committed with the intention of gaining unlawful monetary benefits. There are several white-collar crimes that can be executed. They include extortion, insider trading, money laundering, racketeering, securities fraud, and tax evasion. Enron Company was an American based energy company. It was the largest supplier of natural gas in America in the early 1990s. The company had a stunning performance in the 1990s. Despite the excellent performance, stakeholders of the company were concerned about the complexity of the financial statements. The company's management used the complex nature of the financial statements and the accounting standards' weaknesses to manipulate the financial records. The white-collar crime was characterized by inflating the asset values, overstating the reported cash flow, and failure to disclose the financial records' liabilities. This paper carries out an analysis of the Enron scandal as an example of white-collar crime as discussed in the video, The Smartest Guys in the Room.

Motivation is the act of influencing someone to take any action to achieve a particular goal (Montana& Chanov, 2008). Employees' motivation depends on the job's nature, the company's organizational culture, and personal characteristics. In this case study, various theories influence and show how employees can be motivated in the workplace.

📚 Metaphor Hook for Essays

Naturally, using a metaphor as a hook for your essay comes with some limitations. You should only use this type in literature and sometimes in psychology. However, it serves as a great attention grabber if it’s engaging enough.

Let’s see how you can use a metaphor:

When life gives you dirt, don't try to squeeze the juice out of it. It's better to leave it alone and let it dry out a bit. Kate decided to follow this philosophy since nothing else seemed to work. After the painful divorce process, last week's ridiculous work assignments and managing two kids alone almost drove her crazy. No polite discussions, arguing, or bribing helped take care of seemingly a million tasks these little women had to deal with. Even letting out the anger just like her phycologist recommended did not help much. Instead, Kate referred to the last remedy. She put all the issues aside with the hope that it would get better later.

The recipe is relatively easy – take a cup of self-respect, two cups of unconditional love, half a cup of good health, a pinch of new positive experiences, and mix it all for a perfect state of happiness! We all wish it would be possible, right? However, the mystery of this state of being happy is still unsolved. The concept and its perception considerably change depending on time and values. Happiness is so complicated that there is even no universal definition of it. Besides, humans are social creatures, so associating your level of success with others is not unusual. Therefore, being happy means achieving a certain level of several aspects.

🧩 Puzzle? Yes! Amazing Hook for Your Essay

Doesn’t a good riddle grab your attention? Sometimes you just want to find out the answer. The other times, you want to figure out how it is related to the topic. Such a hook would be great for writings on psychology and even economics or business.

Here are the examples:

How many Google office employees you need to destroy a box of fresh donuts? Google is indeed famous for some of the most accommodating and unique working places around the whole world. However, the success of the company does not only appear from treats for employees. It seems that the organizational culture has many effects on business decisions and overall performance. All the staff working in Google share the same visions and values, helping them cooperate and lead the company to success. However, there is one aspect to consider. The organizational culture needs to be adapted to the ever-changing business environment.

Who survives on dirt-like substance, is never joyful, and only returns to the cave to sleep? It sounds horrible, but the correct answer is human. Nowadays, the demands for any kind of workers are rising, which brings tremendous effects on people. As the number of duties increases, it is getting harder for employees not to chug on coffee and come back home in time for a family dinner. The work-life balance is disturbed, leading to anxiety, relationship issues, and even health problems. Social life appears to be as important as making money. Therefore, the correct distribution of time between personal life and work duties is necessary for happiness.

📢 Announcement Is Also a Good Essay Hook Option

Announcements could be suitable for literary pieces and historical essays.

Such a hook doesn’t have to be too long. It should be significant enough to persuade your readers to stick to your writing. Make sure it aligns with your topic as well.

Ways to use announcements as essay hooks:

It was a revolution! The Beatle's first song came out in 1962, and almost immediately, hordes of fans pledged their loyalty to this new band. Nearly all youngsters became obsessed with their music. No one can deny that the Beatles are still considered the creators of some of the best songs in history. However, the arrival of the British band influences culture as well. Many photos depict girls going crazy on live concerts and guys shaping their haircuts after the Beatles' members. The revolution that the band brought left an impact, evidence that we can still trace in modern British culture and music.

I will never go to Starbucks again! Oh, no, mind me. I love their coffee. At some point in my life, I even thought I had an addiction and had to ask my friends to watch my consumption of Pumpkin Spice Latte. Then, the wind of change turned everything upside down. On my usual Starbucks morning run, I noticed a homeless man holding a paper cup begging for money. At first, I didn't pay much attention since it's a usual occurrence in our area. However, one day, I recognized my old neighbor in him. The only cash I had on me, I usually spent on my cup of coffee, but I decided it was not much of a sacrifice. From that moment, I only showed up on that street to shove a few bucks into that poor guy's cup. One day, to my surprise, he talked to me.

ℹ️ Background Information Essay Hook

Last but not least, give background information on your subject to make a good intro. Such an essay hook is effortless and suitable for practically any paper. Try to find the most unobvious angle to the background information. At the same time, keep it short and substantive.

Here are the ways to use background information essay hooks:

Air Arabia is among the leading low-cost carriers in the global airline industry. The airline is mainly based at the Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (Air Arabia, 2012). The airline came into inception in 2003 after His Highness Dr. Sheik Mohammed Al Qassimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, issued an Emiri Decree. Later, Air Arabia was transformed into a limited liability company. For nearly a decade, Air Arabia has witnessed tremendous growth, resulting in increased fleet size and improved sales revenues. At the same time, Air Arabia has created a renowned brand that offers reliable and safe services (Dubai Media Incorporated, 2012). Air Arabia identifies itself as a low-cost carrier by providing low fares in the industry. Some of the key strengths of the airline include punctuality and safety. This aims to ensure that the airline serves its customers most efficiently by observing its safety requirements and adhering to the landing and takeoff schedules (De Kluyver, 2010).

Walmart was founded by Sam Walton in the Arkansas United States in 1962 as a grocery store. The company, which operates a chain of over 8,000 stores in fifteen countries, is estimated to employ over two million employees from diverse backgrounds. Wal-Mart was incorporated in 1969 and started trading in the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. […] Although the company can leave its consumers with a saving due to its low-price policy, it has faced some sharp criticisms over how it treats its employees and other stakeholders. Wal-Mart boasts of its ability to save its customers' money, an average of $950 per year. This, however, has been criticized as harming the community. Also, the feminists' activists have focused on Walmart's misconduct in offering low prices. (Fraedrich, Ferrell & Ferrell 440)

Now we won’t keep you for long. Let’s just go through simple points of essay hook writing.

Someone may think that you have to write your hook first. It comes first in the paper, right?

In reality, though, you can wait until your entire essay is nearly finished. Then go back and rewrite the very first paragraph. This way, you can have a fresh look at what you’ve written in the beginning.

Here’s a simple plan you can follow.

  • First, write a basic version of your thesis statement.
  • Then, provide supporting evidence for your thesis in every body paragraph.
  • After that, reword your thesis statement and write your concluding paragraph.
  • Finally, search for an attention-grabbing fact, statistic, or anything from the list above to serve as an engaging essay hook.

Add this essay hook to the beginning of your introduction. Make sure that your ideas still flow naturally into your thesis statement.

⚠️ Pro tip: choose various hooks and play around, adding each hook to your introduction paragraph. Like this, you can determine which one makes the most impressive beginning to your paper.

Some of your choices may sound interesting but may not lead to your essay’s main point. Don’t panic! Paper writing always involves trial and error. Just keep trying your essay hook ideas until one fits perfectly.

That’s it 😊

Good luck with your work!

🔗 References

  • Hook – Examples and Definition of Hook
  • How to Engage the Reader in the Opening Paragraph – BBC
  • Hooks and Attention Grabbers; George Brown College Writing Centre
  • Hook Examples and Definition; Literary Devices
  • What Is a Narrative Hook? Video
  • How to: Writing Hooks or Attention-Getting Openings-YouTube

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7 Sensational Essay Hooks That Grab Readers’ Attention

by Suzanne Davis | Jul 14, 2022 | Writing Essays and Papers | 12 comments

Do you want people to feel excited when they read your essay?

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The secret is to get them interested in reading your essay by making the first part of your introduction intriguing. The best way to do that is by using attention-grabbing essay hooks.

So, what is a hook? It’s a piece of writing at the beginning of your essay that engages your reading audience. Usually, a hook is a sentence or group of sentences that draw people into reading your essay or research paper.  A hook sparks a person’s curiosity. You want whoever reads your essay to wonder what happens next. Hooks also make an introduction stand out (which raises your chance of getting a high grade on your essay). 

If you want to see all the elements of great introductions for research papers check my post, How to Write a Strong Introduction to a Research Paper at https://www.academicwritingsuccess.com/how-to-write-a-strong-introduction-to-a-research-paper/.

When you write essay hooks that make your rea ders curious, you’ve taken the first step toward making them fall in love with your writing. Let’s dive in and look at essay hooks that will elevate your writing style!

7 Types of Essay Hooks

7 Excellent Essay Hooks

Here are 7 writing hooks that make readers want to find out what you will say in the rest of your essay.

  • Interesting Question Hook
  • Strong Statement/Declaration Hook
  • Fact/Statistic Hook
  • Metaphor/ Simile Hook
  • Description Hook
  • Quotation Hook.   

1.  The Interesting Question Hook

An interesting question hook is when you ask a question that relates to your essay or paper. And the only way a person can know the answer to that question is by reading your writing.

People are inquisitive. When we hear or read a question we want to know the answer. If we don’t have an answer then we need to find out.

So, when you start your essay with a question hook, this signals to your readers that if they keep reading you’ll give them the answer.

Here’s an example of an interesting question hook on the topic of succeeding in college:

What is the difference between successful college students and unsuccessful college students? 

The goal of this essay hook is to make you want to learn what students who succeed in college do, and what college students who don’t succeed in college do wrong. 

2.  The Strong Statement/Declaration Hook

A strong statement hook is a sentence that makes an assertive claim about your topic. It connects to the thesis statement and shows the importance of your essay or paper.

A strong statement is a great technique because it doesn’t matter if your reader agrees or disagrees with your statement. They will want to see how you support your statement.

This is an example of a strong statement on the topic of the vegan diet. 

Vegans are the healthiest group of people in the world.  

This statement either supports your point of view about the vegan diet, or it makes you want to argue against it (especially if you love meat). Either way, you are curious about what the writer says.

3.  The Fact/ Statistic Hook

Facts and statistics hook your reader because they give real information about a topic. You can impress your reader with your knowledge and evidence from the very beginning of your essay. But, you need to include facts that are accurate, interesting, and reliable. Evaluate your information and make sure it comes from a credible source. Some places to visit for statistics are The Pew Research Center   https://www.pewresearch.org/ , and The CIA World Fact Book, https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/. 

Here’s an example of a factual hook about an essay on gun ownership in the United States.

Almost two-thirds of American adults at some point in their life lived in a home with at least one gun.

The Pew Research Center, “America’s Relationship With Guns: An In-Depth Look at the Attitudes and Experiences of US Adults”   http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2017/06/22/americas-complex-relationship-with-guns/  

4.  The Metaphor / Simile Hook

The metaphor/simile hook engages your readers because it makes them think about a topic in a different way.  Your audience wonders what you mean and how you compare a topic to something that seems unconnected.

A metaphor is a figure of speech that directly compares one thing to another, but these two things seem unrelated.  An example of a metaphor is: Her boyfriend is a rat.  The boyfriend is not really a rat, but he behaves like one.

 If your essay topic is on business blogging you could write the metaphor hook:

A business blog is a magnet pulling clients to a company. 

A simile is like a metaphor.  Both compare two unrelated things to each other, but a simile uses the words like or as to connect them. A simile is less strong than a comparison in a metaphor. An example of a simile is : Writing a research paper is like running a marathon when it’s 95 degrees Fahrenheit. 

A simile hook for the essay about business blogging could be: 

A business blog is like a magnet that pulls clients to a company.

5. The Story Hook

This is a hook where you begin with a short story or episode that relates to your topic.  Readers love stories, especially a well-written story that is memorable.  The key to a great story hook is making sure the story directly connects to your essay or paper topic. Your story can be personal or someone else’s story.

Here’s an example of a story hook for an essay about the differences between British and American English.   I used my own story about a trip to England.

I got off the train and pulled my luggage behind me.  A cab pulled up to the curb, and the driver got out.  He lifted my luggage and said, “Miss, I’m just going to put your stuff in the boot.”  I didn’t know what he meant until I saw him open the car’s trunk.  Then I realized the boot means car trunk.  I got in the cab, wondering how many other words would be different in England. 

You’ll see this sto ry hook is longer than other types of essay hooks.  That’s okay. Your hook can be longer, but it shouldn’t be a large part of your essay or paper. Compare the length of your hook to the length of the essay.

Also, consider your audience (especially an academic audience). Ask yourself, “Will a story hook be acceptable in this course?” If you’re unsure you can ask your teacher or professor or you could select a different type of hook.

6.  The Description Hook

This is a hook where a vivid description of a scene draws your readers into your writing. A good description hook will make your reader want to know what comes next in your writing.  It’s most popular in narrative essays, but you can use a description hook with any type of writing (yes even academic papers). But, like the story hook ask yourself, “Will this description hook be acceptable in this course?”

Here’s an example of a description hook for a personal narrative essay about saving a dog:

The dog howled in pain and limped along the side of the road. His leg was cut and blood streamed down his leg. 

Doesn’t this scene make you curious about what will happen to the dog?

7.  The Quotation Hook

This is a hook where you begin your essay with a quotation.  The quotation could be from a famous person, but it doesn’t have to be. You can quote anyone if it connects to what you’re writing about.

If you write an essay on the topic of education you could start

Nelson Mandela said, “ Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world .”

If you want to use a quotation for a hook, make sure you quote the words exactly.  Choose quotations where the words are striking, powerful, and/ or memorable.

Writing Challenge:  Write 2 Essay Hooks

Essay hooks are a great way to intrigue all your readers.  Select your favorite 2 types of essay hooks.  Then write a hook for each kind you choose. Comment below and share your favorite one! 

Have fun and be creative.

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I find that switching it up makes my content better. My favorite is to start with a question or a strong statement. I love this infographic. Well done!

Thanks Joanne! Question and strong statement hooks are great for getting readers to wonder what’s in your essay. I’m so glad you liked the infographic.

This is a great article, showing the variety of openings you can use in writing. Thank you for the tips!

I’m glad you liked it. I think hooks are great for writing.

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Very good blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..

Any suggestions? Many thanks!

Hi Cindy, Those are great questions about blogging. I think the beginning point with starting a blog is determining your niche/focus, goals and your ideal readers. The next piece of advice is to really learn the style of writing blog posts. It’s a craft, so you should really start with a good grasp of the formatting, style, and techniques, etc. Since I don’t know your blog’s focus I can’t offer you more specific advice.

If you can afford it, I suggest paying for a domain name and hosting. There are free ones like WordPress.com etc. These will get you started, but if you want to use your blog for a business I really recommend starting with a paid option. I hope this helps you. Good luck blogging!

Thank you for this informative Eda’ya. My favorite hooks are question, strong statement and the fact. I think these are the best for an academic paper. Your infographic is excellent and memorable. Thank you! ??

Mehmet, Those are all great hooks! I think they would each be a great way to begin an academic paper too. I’m glad the infographic is useful to you. Thank you for the compliment.

These are great. I’ll have to file this away for my next writing student (and my next blog post!). For research papers, I used to use the fact/statistic hook a lot.

Beth, I’m glad you liked these essay hooks. I like the fact/statistic hook a lot too, and you’re right it is a great one for research papers.

I like question hooks & metaphoric ones…

I need to write to essays for tomorrow at English (preparing for Baccalaureate) & I’ll choose “success is not about luck” & “the importance of music in our lives” …

For the first one I’ll choose the first type of hook (for me it’s the easiest): “How can you be sure that when it comes to success, luck isn’t so important” or sth like this.

But for the second essay I’ll choose a metaphoric hook “music is the spot of light who makes shine in gray tones” or sth like this.

For the first one I was also thinking about sth statistically but idk not a kind of statistics about luck help in success or sth like this…

Ik, you can’t give me advices till tomorrow but I’ll be OK. Thx for this gorgeous inform. God bless you. All the best!

I think those are 2 great hooks to use with those essays. I love the metaphoric hook you came up with–it’s beautiful. I hope you do well with your essays. Good luck!

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Essay Hook Examples: Boost Grades with Attention-Grabbing Techniques

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The initial lines of any article are significant; they set the vibe and decide if pursuers will stay locked in. A convincing snare gets consideration as well as lays out believability and provokes interest. In the present advanced age, where abilities to focus are diminishing, excelling at making an effective snare becomes basic for scholarly achievement. This guide intends to disentangle the mysteries behind successful exposition snares, offering experiences, good hooks for compare and contrast essays, and procedures to raise your composing ability.

Understanding the Basics: What is an Essay Hook?

At its center, a snare for an example of a reflective essay on learning experience fills in as the initial explanation or sentence intended to quickly catch the pursuer’s advantage. It’s like a literary hook that gets readers to read more of your work. While the essential objective is to interest, snares can likewise present subjects, feature differentiations, or offer conversation starters, making way for the story or contention that follows. A well-written hook is essentially a doorway that leads readers into the heart of your essay on the learning experience, piques their interest, and forges a connection with them.

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The Importance of a Compelling Hook in Academic Writing

Within the domain of the scholarly community, where endless papers compete for consideration, the hook for compare and contrast essays recognizes model works from the unremarkable. It serves different capacities past unimportant engagement. Without skipping a beat, a strong catch sets up the piece’s tone, whether it’s illuminating, strong, or a story. In addition, it provides supporters with an understanding of what to anticipate by providing a glimpse into the primary debate or topic of the show.

A persuading catch, on the other hand, ensures that followers remain engaged throughout the piece, establishing a positive perspective for the content to come. Along these lines, in instructive arrangement, the catch isn’t figuratively speaking great; it’s instrumental in embellishment perceptions and planning understandings.

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Types of Essays Hooks: Attention Grabbing Introduction Examples and Breakdown

  • Question Hooks: By posing provocative inquiries, you incite followers to reflect and secure actually alongside your subject. An example of an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement might be: ” Have you at any point viewed as the authentic got of solace?”
  • Quotation Hooks: Leveraging prominent cites or relevant citations can advance pro and significance. A citation like, “Instruction is the foremost powerful weapon which you’ll be able to utilize to alter the world” by Nelson Mandela can set the arrangement for a paper on instructive change.
  • Statistic Hooks: Startling realities or figures charm pursuers by highlighting the criticalness or noteworthiness of your subject. For case, “Did you know that over 80% of marine contamination begins from land-based exercises?”
  • Anecdotal Hooks: Sharing a brief individual story or account humanizes your paper, making it relatable. Consider beginning the hook background information thesis statement example with, “Amid my summer internship at a nearby clinic, I had seen firsthand the challenges of healthcare aberrations.”
  • Descriptive Hooks: Portray a distinctive picture that drenches pursuers in your account, bringing out feelings and setting the scene. Start with, ” Within the middle of the tranquil get a handle on of the timberland, a singular wolf’s holler entered the quiet, signaling a drawing closer change.”

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The Formula for Crafting Effective Hooks

Making an imperative catch isn’t as it were roughly creative ability; it demands a key point. Begin by understanding your audience’s wants, motivations, and data levels. Tailor your catch to reverberate with their interface by altering the side of your essay’s overarching subject. For instance, examining various hook sentence examples for essays can provide important insights into persuasive strategies. Another is guaranteeing centrality; however inventive capacity is estimable, and the catch should dependably move into your article’s fundamental substance. Change is very important -you see the balance, validity, and behavior of interest.

Purify with other types of hunting, questions, and repetitions. A generic approach will get you the value you need, but rest assured that personalization and consistency can deliver amazing results. Moreover, circumventing causal relationships and decomposing extended effects requires appropriate interpretive boundaries, and cause and effect essay writing service provides specific limitations here. By creating sharp fragments that explain cause-and-effect relationships, these associations contribute to fundamental thinking, to knowledge.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Essay Hooks

While the proposal of making an enamoring get is engaging, entanglements flourish for the unwary essayist. Perceiving and evading normal goofs can lift your paper’s initial lines from forgettable to remarkable.

Overusing Clichés

Articulations like “Quite a long time ago” or “Webster’s Dictionary characterizes…” could seem conspicuous, however, the chance to debilitate your exposition’s creativity. Try for newness and realness.

Overemphasis on Drama

Though close-to-home catches can find true success, an exorbitantly remarkable methodology can appear compelled or underhanded. Offset shows importance and genuineness.

Lack of Relevance

Ensure your hook aligns seamlessly with your essay’s content and purpose. A captivating hook loses its impact if it veers off-topic or misleads readers.

Neglecting the Thesis Connection

Your hook should pave the way for your thesis statement, offering a coherent transition. Avoid hooks that feel disconnected or disjointed from your essay’s core argument. Yet, if you’re having difficulty in writing a compelling hook for an essay then consider to  buy master thesis writing service  that provides invaluable support in this endeavor.

Practical Tips for Implementing Hooks in Your Essays

Acing the craftsmanship of making snares requires honing, persistence, and a sprint of inventiveness. Grasp these viable tips to refine your hook-writing abilities and charm your group of onlookers reliably.

  • Brainstorm Freely: Dedicate time to brainstorming potential hook ideas without self-censorship. Quantity often precedes quality, so let ideas flow freely before refining.
  • Tailor to Audience: Understand your target audience’s preferences, expectations, and knowledge base. Customizing your hook ensures relevance and resonates effectively.
  • Iterative Refinement: Treat snare composing as a persistent preparation. Test diverse approaches, look for input, and refine iteratively to upgrade effect and engagement.
  • Experiment with Assortments: Wander past recognizable domains by testing with differing snare sorts. Broadening your collection enhances your composing toolkit and improves flexibility.

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Case Studies: Examples of Successful Essay Hooks

Analyzing illustrations from the real world can give you valuable experience in designing immersive traps. How about we investigate the astounding openness and separate the parts that make the snare so dependable.

Common Hook Sentence Examples for Essays

  • [Essay Title/Author 1]: This paper unfathomably utilizes a provocative address catch, bracing readers intrigued and setting the organize for a nuanced examination of [subject]. [Essay Title/Author 2]: By leveraging a strong recounted snare, this piece sets up a passionate association, humanizing theoretical concepts and cultivating pursuer compassion.
  • [Essay Title/Author 3]: Through a shrewd utilization of estimation catches, this paper underscores desperation, compelling followers to go up against [issue] and champ imperative change.

Examples of Sociological Imagination in Everyday Life Essay

“In investigating the challenges of present metropolitan life, Jane routinely encounters conditions where individual experiences are weaved with more extensive cultural designs. For the event, her fight with sensible housing isn’t just a singular test; it reflects foundational issues of improvement, monetary incoherencies, and metropolitan improvement game plans that shape her lived experiences and those of endless others.”

Examples of Thesis Statements for Personal Essays

“Whereas my childhood recollections are filled with giggling and familial warmth, they moreover uncover the significant effect of migration on character, highlighting the juxtaposition of social legacy and the journey for having a place.”

Pros and Cons Essay Example

Title: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Remote Learning

  • Flexibility: Remote learning offers understudies the adaptability to modify their timetables, obliging different learning styles and individual responsibilities.
  • Absence of Individual Connection: Remote learning might decrease potential open doors for up close and personal communications, restricting friend joint effort and relational abilities improvement.

In scholarly composition, the specialty of creating convincing snares stands vital, establishing the vibe and direction for pursuer commitment. Through the investigation of  Good Attention Grabbers for Essay Examples , this blog has uncovered the extraordinary force of a very much-created opening assertion. These scholarly baits charm pursuers as well as lay out an establishment for firm, significant stories, or contentions.

To improve comprehension, engagement, and ultimately academic excellence, aspiring writers and scholars must embrace the nuances of effective hook writing. Keep in mind, in the domain of paper composing, your acquaintance fills in as the entryway with your substance, enticing pursuers to leave on an excursion of revelation, reflection, and scholarly talk. Tackle the bits of knowledge gathered, refine your methodology, and let your snares reverberate, move, and persevere in the archives of academic accomplishment.

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How to Write a Hook for Essay?

09 October, 2020

7 minutes read

Author:  Elizabeth Brown

Want to know how to write a hook for an essay? Lack of ideas for a mind-blowing attention grabber? Don’t worry - we’ll guide you through the stern path of ignorance. The primary intention of any writer is to make a strong impression on readers right from the first sentence. After all, there’s nothing better than engaging pieces of writing that preserve attention more intensely than Marvel movies. And that’s a great hook which makes them so easily digestible and memorable. Of course, the process of generating ideas that spark interest is not as challenging as climbing the Everest mountain, but it does require some brainstorming anyway. If your dream is to learn the skill of creating original hooks for essays, then this article is for you.  

writing a hook for essay

What is a hook?

If you wonder how to start an essay , consider beginning with an attention grabber. A hook is a way of reaching your reader by means of capturing their attention to the writing piece. It’s an art of its own; only words is the main weapon here instead of brushes. Long story short, a hook is something alluring, something that makes readers fall in love with your text, forcing them to read every word with excitement. Sounds perplexing? Let’s move to examples.

Hook for Essay

Good attention grabbers

There are different types of hooks which you can use at the beginning of your paper, depending on the topic. The most commonly used ones include questions, quotes, statistics, or anecdotes. Each of the methods works equally well for any essay, but keep in mind that the way you construct your essay hook will affect the essence of your overall work. Hence, make sure that your attention grabber is totally related to the paper topic. 

Also, a good introduction doesn’t have to be a lip-smacking opening or a jaw-dropping revelation. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Instead, make great hooks that are simple for readers’ understanding and devoid of blatant gibberish, and don’t forget to add cherry on top to catch the interest of your audience. Now, let’s review some examples of good attention getters to get you started:

essay exhibit1

As you can see, this hook contains a joke, and it is deeply related to the pain most people feel when given a writing task. Therefore, such sentence starters for essays hook from first sight and make readers say “that’s so me!”. Got the idea? Let’s move to the next examples. 

essay exhibit2

This hook questions readers and provides food for thought from the very first sentence. Also, this opening sentence invites to give an answer to the question and thus intensifies suspense. Ultimately, it makes readers eager to compare their response with that of an author.

essay exhibit3

This is an example of starting an essay with a quote, in which the introductory sentence begins with a famous quotation related to success. It calls for attention immediately and proves to readers that the text they are about to read will be not just interesting but also informative.

essay exhibit4

This is a statistic hook which introduces readers to the text with numbers right away. That’s because figures are the most reliable means of keeping attention. This way, the author encourages readers to think in terms of global dimensions and imagine the effect of a single number on the current working conditions. 

essay exhibit5

From this extract, readers can learn a new, surprising fact they have never thought of before. Such a method of implementing a hook is called misconception revelation. The primary goal of using such a hook is to break one’s beliefs in half and glue them back with a fresh outlook on their previous perception of things.

essay exhibit6

This is an example of a fact hook. It’s most frequently used in informative pieces of writing, where the critical element of disclosing information is facts. In this case, the author starts the paper by stating a surprising fact which most readers have never heard of. This once again makes the audience wonder what information will follow, and inspires to read the text till the end.

Bonus tips for creating good attention grabbers

There are many different ideas you can use if you’re curious about how to make a right hook. Let’s review the most effective ones: 

Write your hook after the whole essay is done.

Should the hook necessarily come before the main text? Nothing of the kind. It might sound a little weird, but this approach will help you decide on a hook that’ll best reflect the idea of your essay. For this, you can make a couple of easy steps:

  • Write a raw version of a thesis statement
  • Back up your thesis with evidence using examples for everybody paragraph
  • By the end of a paper, restate the thesis and write a conclusion
  • Look for ideas for your hook: statistic, anecdote, quotation, facts, etc. 
  • Add the hook to the beginning of the introduction, keeping in mind that it should always relate to your essay topic.

Play with several versions of a hook for one essay.

Who said you have to limit yourself with one chosen attention grabber? Look for as many paragraph starters as you need, and then play with them, adding each one to check if they suit or not. It’s just like with shopping – you put on several things to decide on the best color, size, and model. In the case of essay writing, you can jot down a couple of facts or jokes and add each to the introduction until you see that one is the best fit for your work. 

People are hardwired to seek originality in trivial things. Otherwise, their brains refuse to perceive information which they are well aware of. That’s why, as an author of your masterpiece, you should strive to engage readers into the discussion from the start to the end. Remember – hook sentences are not meant to reduce the causes of boredom. They are a treatment for it. So it’s up to you to decide whether to create a catchy hook for your essay or whether to leave readers with nothing to think about.

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AI Hook Generator: Write a Perfect Attention-Grabber

What is a hook generator.

In writing, a hook is a sentence or group of sentences that serves as an attention-grabbing opening to a piece of writing. It is a powerful tool to engage readers or listeners and encourage them to continue reading or listening. However, crafting a good hook can be challenging, and that's where a hook generator comes in.

A hook generator, also known as a hook creator or hook sentence generator, is an online tool that provides users with various ideas for hooks that they can use in their writing. These tools help writers save time and effort by providing them with different options for a hook that they can choose from.

Why Should You Use a Hook Statement Generator?

Using a hook generator has several advantages for writers, including:

  • Time-saving:  Writing a hook can be a time-consuming process. A hook generator can save writers time by providing them with various options to choose from.
  • Increased creativity:  A hook generator can stimulate creativity by providing writers with unique and interesting ideas that they might not have thought of on their own.
  • Improved engagement:  A well-crafted hook can improve reader engagement, and a hook generator can help writers create attention-grabbing hooks that keep their readers interested.
  • Consistency:  A hook generator can help writers ensure that the tone and style of their hooks are consistent throughout their writing. This can help create a more cohesive and polished piece of writing, which can improve the reader's overall experience.
  • Flexibility:  A hook generator can provide writers with different types of hooks that can be tailored to their specific writing needs. For example, a writer may need a hook for an essay, a speech, or a marketing campaign. A hook generator can provide a variety of hook types, such as anecdotes, questions, or quotations, that can be customized to suit the specific type of writing.

How to Use Our Hook Generator?

Our hook generator is easy to use and can help writers generate hooks quickly and efficiently. Here's how to use it:

Step 1: Describe the Topic

Enter the topic you want to write about in the text box. This will help the generator provide relevant and specific ideas for hooks.

Step 2: Generate Hook Ideas

Click on the "Generate Hooks" button, and our hook generator will provide you with different ideas for hooks. You can select the ones that you like and save them for later use.

Step 3: Save Hooks with Potential

After generating hook ideas, you can save the ones that you think have the potential to engage your audience. You can copy and paste them into a separate document for future reference.

Step 4: Refine Your Hooks

You can refine the hooks you've saved by making changes to them or combining different ideas to create a more unique hook.

Tips for writing effective hooks

Here are some tips for writing effective hooks:

Know your audience

Before writing a hook, it's essential to know your target audience. Consider what type of reader or listener you are trying to attract and what their interests and values are. This will help you create a hook that is relevant and appealing to your audience.

Hook examples:

  • Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list?
  • Are you passionate about saving the environment?
  • Do you love trying new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen?

Start with an interesting fact or statistic

Sharing a surprising or little-known fact can pique readers' curiosity and make them want to learn more. Starting with a fact or statistic can also establish the importance of the topic you're writing about.

Pose a thought-provoking question

Asking a question can make readers or listeners think and engage with the topic on a deeper level. Make sure the question is relevant to your topic and encourages readers to keep reading or listening.

Thought-provoking hook exa

  • What would you do if you had only 24 hours left to live?
  • Is it ever acceptable to lie to protect someone's feelings?
  • Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?

Use a quotation

Using a quotation from a famous person or a book related to your topic can add credibility and interest to your writing. Make sure the quotation is relevant and memorable.

Quotation hook examples:

  • "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs
  • "The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln
  • "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin

Tell a story or anecdote

Sharing a personal story or anecdote can help readers connect with your writing on an emotional level. Make sure the story is relevant to your topic and highlights the importance of the issue you're discussing.

Story hook examples:

  • When I was six years old, I fell off my bike and broke my arm. Little did I know that this event would shape my entire life.
  • My grandfather used to tell me stories about his experiences during the war. His stories always reminded me of the sacrifices he made for our country.
  • I remember the first time I tasted sushi. It was love at first bite, and I've been a fan ever since.

Humour can be an effective way to engage readers and make them remember your writing. However, make sure the humor is appropriate and relevant to your topic.

  • Why did the tomato turn red? Because it saw the salad dressing!
  • I used to play piano by ear, but now I use my hands instead.
  • I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised.

Keep it concise

A hook should be brief and to the point. Avoid using long, complicated sentences that may confuse or bore readers.

Concise hooks examples:

  • Time is money.
  • Life is short.
  • Knowledge is power.

Make it unique

A hook should be unique and stand out from other hooks. Avoid using cliches or overused phrases that readers may have seen before.

Your hook should accurately reflect the content of your writing. Avoid using clickbait or misleading hooks that may disappoint or frustrate readers.

How to Write a Good Hook for an Essay

A good hook for an essay should be attention-grabbing and relevant to the topic. It should also be unique and creative. Here are some types of hooks in writing that you can use for your essay:

  • Anecdote: Start with a short and interesting story related to your topic.
  • Question: Pose a question to your audience that makes them think and want to learn more.
  • Quotation: Use a quotation from a famous person or a book related to your topic.
  • Surprising fact: Share a surprising or shocking fact that will make your readers curious.
  • Definition: Start with a clear and concise definition of a term related to your topic.

Choose Your Type of Hook

After selecting the type of hook you want to use, you can start writing your hook sentence. A good hook should be concise and to the point, but it should also grab your readers' attention.

How to Start a Hook for an Essay

To start a hook for an essay, you need to think about what will capture your readers' attention. You can start by asking a question, sharing a story, or providing an interesting fact. The goal is to create a hook that will make your readers want to keep reading.

Essay Hook Examples

Here are some examples of good hooks for essays:

  • Anecdote: "When I was six years old, I broke my leg in a car accident. Little did I know that this event would shape my entire life."
  • Question: "Did you know that the human brain can process information faster than the speed of light?"
  • Quotation: "As Nelson Mandela once said, 'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.'"
  • Surprising fact: "Did you know that the world's largest living organism is a fungus that covers over 2,200 acres in Oregon?"
  • Definition: "According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, 'procrastination' is defined as the act of delaying or postponing something."

Hook Generators

Aside from our hook generator, there are several other hook generators available online that can help writers create attention-grabbing hooks for their writing. Here are some examples:

Instagram Hooks Generator

Instagram is a popular social media platform that is used by millions of people around the world. If you're looking to create reels on Instagram, you can use an Instagram hooks generator to come up with creative and engaging hook ideas.

An Instagram hooks generator is a tool that generates creative ideas and concepts for reels on the Instagram platform. It is designed to help users create attention-grabbing and visually stunning content to capture the attention of their audience. 

Instagram hook tips: 

  • Use a visually stunning image or video that captures the essence of your brand or product
  • Use an interesting caption that encourages viewers to engage with your post
  • Use a unique hashtag that makes your post easily discoverable

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Email Hooks Generator

Email marketing is an effective way to reach potential customers and promote your business. To make sure your emails get noticed, you can use an email hooks generator to come up with attention-grabbing subject lines that entice your subscribers to open your emails.

An email hooks generator is a tool that generates attention-grabbing subject lines for email marketing campaigns. It is designed to help users create subject lines that entice their subscribers to open their emails. Here are some benefits and examples of an email hooks generator:

Email hook tips:

  • Ask a question in the subject line that piques the subscriber's curiosity
  • Use numbers to make the subject line more specific and compelling
  • Use a sense of urgency to create a feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out)

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Speech Hook Generator

Public speaking can be daunting, but a well-crafted hook can help you capture your audience's attention and keep them engaged throughout your speech. A speech hook generator can provide you with different ideas for hooks that you can use to make your speech more memorable.

A speech hook generator is a tool that generates creative and engaging ideas for speeches. It is designed to help users create attention-grabbing hooks that capture the audience's attention and keep them engaged throughout the speech. 

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  • Use a shocking statistic or fact that highlights the importance of the issue being discussed
  • Use humor to make the audience laugh and create a relaxed atmosphere

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An essay hook generator is a tool that generates creative ideas for hooks for essays. It is designed to help users create attention-grabbing hooks that make their essays stand out. 

Essay hook tips:

  • Use a quote from a famous person or a book related to the topic of the essay
  • Use a surprising or little-known fact that highlights the importance of the issue being discussed
  • Use a personal story or anecdote that relates to the topic of the essay

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  • Use a simple and repetitive phrase that is easy for listeners to remember
  • Use a metaphor or analogy that makes the hook more interesting and memorable

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Better & Effective Attention Getters for Essays

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The attention-grabbing beginning is one of the most critical steps in writing a concise and good essay. Many writers struggle with this step since it is challenging to write a concise yet compelling beginning to hook the reader.

This article outlines the different types of attention-grabbing beginnings for persuasive essays to evoke the readers’ curiosity and pique their interest.

Why Is an Attention Grabber Important in an Essay?

An attention-grabbing introduction is essential when starting an essay. It entices your reader and gives them a reason to continue reading by ensuring their interest. It is like a jump-start before the rest of your essay gets started and an invitation to read instead of passing over your paper.

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Attention-Grabbing Beginnings for Persuasive Essays

Every writing assignment always has a beginning and an end. The start and endpoints for your essay are where you want your audience’s attention to be. It’s not enough for your beginning to be exciting; it must lead into the rest of your essay.

You need to make the reader want to continue reading; otherwise, your essay is lost. Here are some practical, attention-grabbing beginnings for persuasive essays :

Start With an Interesting Question

Start your essay by posing an interesting question relevant to your topic. This is an effective way to grab the reader’s interest in an instant.

People are naturally curious and want to know the answers to all of their questions. If you begin your essay with a question, readers will know that you will answer the question if they continue reading.

State a Surprising Fact

Surprising facts are good attention grabbers because they teach the reader something new, engaging, and unexpected. These facts could be some statistics or minor details about your essay topic.

If you’re going to employ a startling fact or statistic, make sure it supports your argument. It should not be any unrelated attention-grabbing tool.

Begin With a Strong Statement

A strong and powerful statement hook is a phrase that makes a bold assertion about your subject. It ties in with the thesis statement and highlights the significance of your essay. It doesn’t matter whether your reader agrees or disagrees with your opinion. Starting with a strong statement is a great method because readers will be interested in how you back up your claim.

Use a Metaphor or Simile Hook

By using an attention-grabbing metaphor or simile, you can make your point and also set an interesting stage for the essay. A metaphor or simile hook grabs readers’ attention because it causes them to think of a subject from a different perspective. It makes them wonder what you mean and how you compare a topic to something that appears unrelated.

Use Impactful Quotations

Quotations, like startling facts, are good for getting your reader interested in the topic of your argument. Using quotations also increases your credibility as you use an outside source to support your thesis.

When directly quoting someone, be sure to enclose their words in quotation marks and give credit to the original author. Also, pick quotations that have memorable and impactful words.

Begin With an Anecdote

One way to grab the reader’s attention is to open up with a personal story. Anecdotes are brief stories used to make a point. An anecdote can help people relate to the topic and establish an emotional connection. An anecdote can fully immerse your audience into your essay if used properly.

No attention-getter will instantly make a reader fall in love with your essay. But they are effective in getting the reader interested enough to want to find out more.

Ultimately, the goal of grabbing attention is to keep the reader interested and on the page . This article outlines some of the most effective attention grabbers to keep the reader’s interest throughout your essay.

Better & Effective Attention Getters for Essays

Abir Ghenaiet

Abir is a data analyst and researcher. Among her interests are artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing. As a humanitarian and educator, she actively supports women in tech and promotes diversity.

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ATTENTION GRABBERS: OPENING AND CLOSING

GAMBITS FOR WRITING

Johnie H. Scott, M.A., M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Pan African Studies

California State University , Northridge

Key Concepts:

1)       proactive

2)       gambit

3)       mull

4)       thesis statement

5)       heartfelt

6)       adept

7)       synergy

8)       synergistic

Introduction:

I’ve prepared this with three purposes in mind that are all related to improving the ability of aspiring writers to (1) capture the audience’s attention from the onset with effective, clearly-written and articulated openings for paragraphs and longer compositions, (2) present cleanly-written and carefully-formulated thesis statements, and (3) finish compositions with strong, forceful conclusions that leave the reader talking and with something to think about.

I want to acknowledged a scholarly debt of gratitude to John Langan (i.e., College Writing Skills ), Ronald S. Lunsford and Bill Bridges (i.e., The Longwood Guide to Writing ), Philip Eggers (i.e., Process & Practice ), and Tammy L. Boeck and Megan C. Rainey ( Connections: Writing, Reading and Critical Thinking ) for their own work in the area of opening and closing essay stratagems. At the same time, credit must also be given to Deanne K. Milan (i.e., Developing Reading Skills ) and John Roloff (i.e., Paragraphs ) for the extensive attention they gave to improving the reading and basic writing skills of young writers.

Finally, a sincere note of appreciation has to be extended to my colleagues and associates in the Writing Program of the Pan African Studies Department at California State University, Northridge from the time this was first written some 15 years ago in 1986: Dr. Rosentene B. Purnell (Professor Emeritus and founder of the PAS Writing Program as well as author of Bridges: Ways of Approaching Written Discourse ), Dr. Tom Spencer-Walters (Chairperson of the Department and founding editor of Kapu-Sens ), and Professors King Edward Carter, Professor and author Herbert A. Simmons (i.e., Man Walking On Eggshells , Corner Boy and Tough Country ), and Eric Priestley (i.e., author of Raw Dog and Abracadabra ). I thank each for the insights and observations over the years of commitment to developing voices among the students matriculating through the PAS Writing Program. To Simmons and Priestley, in particular, I give a heartfelt thanks for continuing the Watts Writers Workshop tradition of which we were all part of.

Much has been made over the years about the importance of experience – very simply, of working at one’s craft…whatever that craft might be. In Robert Townsend’s critically-acclaimed feature film The Five Heartbeats, the central character is an aspiring writer. We hear the statement made by this character (played by Townsend) , “To be a true writer, you have to suffer before learning what writing really is.”

Well, my mother, who was not a writer, was not nearly so fanciful in saying to me during my grade school years that I would “have to pay a lot of dues before amounting to anything in this world.” For those reading this, I am saying that writing is not something to be mastered in five easy lessons. Writing has to be worked at – and worked at constantly, every single day. You have to read along the way – whether that reading take the form of newspapers, news magazines, comic books, popular fiction like Walter Mosley’s Walkin ’ the Dog , cultural criticism such as that done by Michael Eric Dyson with Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line , or major writers like Toni Morrison with Paradise or Ralph Ellison’s Juneteenth . The point I’m making is that a person reads in order to develop, expand and appreciate the power of the word, of vocabulary, of being able to express themselves without stretching for meanings beyond their grasp.

Having said that, my intent is to present another approach to writing. This article is based upon my own experiences as a writer and in the classroom – and I do this as someone whose ability and love for writing enabled me to move up out of the Jordan Downs Housing Projects in South central Los Angeles, pass through Harvard, Stanford and Antioch Universities, and settle into a position where I can now share my love for the craft and love of writing itself with others. For those of you concerned solely with writing better paragraphs and essays, what I have to say should offer some insights on accomplishing that task. For those of you, though, who see writing as a means to affect social attitudes and change the way people view issues (and one another), perhaps what I have to say will help jar some now thoughts into existence. I certainly hope so.

“The Hook”: Getting the Reader’s Attention

How many times have you opened your mailbox to see one of those large, brown envelopes with large lettering boldly announcing that you have been “Pre-Approved” and stand to be “An Instant Winner! ” It doesn’t matter that the letter may have come from some publishing clearinghouse. You take a seat in your living room, perhaps at the breakfast nook in your kitchen where you then pause for a moment or two while hefting the envelope from one hand to the other. In your mind, you imagine what it would be like to be a sweepstakes winner – and think back to that happy face of the person who hit the Super Lottery for $70 million. You find yourself thinking of what being an “instant winner” could do in changing your own personal fortunes: payoff outstanding loans, clear past due accounts from your credit report, make it finally possible to take that “Dream Vacation.” Perhaps you even call in family, or a close friend, telling them about this strange letter – wanting them present when you open the envelope.

You do so very carefully, removing the contents which include the facsimile of a $100,000 check bearing your name and a series of numbers --- one of which, you are told, is yours “to keep” and follow in the hope that it will be drawn at a lottery sometime in the not-so-distant future. Excited now with the adrenalin pumping, you put the number series to the side and read on. This is when you get “the pitch” from the company sponsoring the lottery: purchase one or more of their products with the notation that “failing to do so will not detract from your ability to win the $100,000 Grand Sweepstakes Prize!”

In marketing circles, this is referred to as “The Hook”: it is a 20-second window of opportunity wherein marketers gain your attention and make their sale. That 20-second window of opportunity is true for all audiences. Knowing that it exists and how to make the most effective use of that window is one of the reasons why good writers use strategies to immediately gain the reader’s attention. Good writers know that one of the most serious errors that can be made is by opening up right away with the main purpose of the writing – this is an automatic turnoff for the reader!

Think back to that brown, “Pre-Approved Instant Winner” envelope with the facsimile check! Imagine that same envelope in your mailbox, opening it up and immediately being hit on the head with “Buy this.” Without a doubt, that envelope would go sailing into the trash can. With today’s audiences becoming increasingly sophisticated and demanding, there is a premium on the attention span available. You have to make the most of that time. Knowing about and being able to make effective use of the various opening strategies can only enhance your skills as a writer.

There are, as a matter of fact, seven (7) proven opening gambits or strategies for one’s paragraphs and/or longer compositions:

1)       Begin with a broad, general statement that you narrow down to your thesis statement . Keep in mind that the thesis provides the main idea for the entire composition;

2)       Use a question or series of thought-provoking questions . When using this gambit, it is very effective to state these questions as a series of one-liners (i.e., paragraphs) before getting to the thesis. Just keep in mind at all times that the questions you raise do more than merely set a tone for your paper, those questions sooner or later must be answered;

3)       Use quotations. The best quotes are those drawn from popular culture, from the social literature the general public (i.e., your targeted audience) is acquainted with. If you are writing to a politically conservative audience, then you might want to open with a quote from a noted conservative. If the audience is perceived as a hip, upwardly-mobile group of African-American women, then you might want to open with a statement from someone like Joan Morgan, bell hooks, June Jordan, Sonia Sanchez, Alice Walker or Sistah Souljah .   If, on the other hand, you are directing your message to a teenaged readership based in the urban core, you might want to open with a quote from the socially conscious lyrics by one of the leading rap artists or groups. Who would you use, for instance, if the paper was centered on the problems caused by gang violence? Use quotes, in other words, that connect with your audience!

4)       Use an anecdote. All audiences enjoy a story, particularly those with human interest. In this instance, you are putting a face (or faces) to your composition by drawing upon an incident containing a moral center, one that you can then use in leading your audience to the thesis statement. Here again, the best anecdotes are those coming from popular culture: from stories and events that people are aware of and talking about.

5)       State the importance of the topic. You do this by presenting statistical data, facts, figures that underscore the issues about to be discussed. The data must be pertinent, validated and presented in an objective manner free of any editorializing – the facts speak for themselves;

6)       Use the opposite of what you plan to write about. This is done for dramatic effect, as in “What if the world were like this instead of what the world, or situation about to be discussed, truly is?” Readers are often fascinated, intrigued by this type of approach; And lastly,

7)       Use a combination of the strategies. This is best done by using two of the six gambits. Your more skilled writers frequently make use of this, the seventh and final opening gambit.

The Thesis Statement

All of these opening strategies, or essay gambits, have one purpose and that is to focus the audience on your purpose for writing: your thesis statement. This statement is best seen as a single, complete sentence containing the main idea of the entire composition with at least three (3) patterns by which you intend to develop and support that subject. You could not write a very good or insightful essay, for example, if your thesis was “The Hyundai is a great car.” That statement by itself is both vague and general. It has no focus and fails to give the audience anything in terms of where the composition is going. On the other hand, the audience receives a clear sense of direction from a thesis statement that reads “Because of its great gas mileage, low maintenance, and outstanding road handling on highways and city streets, the Hyundai is a great car.”

From this thesis statement, we know that you are going to write about (1) the great gas mileage a Hyundai gets in comparison to other cars, (2) the low maintenance and monies saved in repairs with the Hyundai in contrast to other vehicles, and (3) the responsive way the Hyundai handles on the road in relationship to other cars on the highways and city streets. Those three patterns of development all contribute to and support the main idea, which is that the Hyundai is a great car. They do so in a logical, orderly fashion which is what your readership expects in a well-organized composition.

By the same token, you need to now about the four (4) most common errors made when fashioning thesis statements:

  • Do not make announcement. One of the sure signs of the struggling writer is the telltale “In this paper I am going to write about” or the even more deadly (and monotonous) “The purpose of this paper is…” Announcements are a sure way of insulting the intelligence of your readership. Don’t make announcements (“For the next 750 words I am going to…” which leads the reader to start counting your words rather than concentrating on what you are trying to communicate!) or tell the reader what you plan to write about – allow the writing to communicate the story!
  • Do not make the thesis too broad. This happens when the writer has failed to carefully think out or plan what the actual subject is going to be. Imagine a thesis statement that asserts “The Civil War was the turning point in American race relations.” Scholars, historians, and many others have written volumes on that subject! This is not the sort of thesis statement you would put forth for a research paper or essay topic due the following week. It is entirely too broad and general.
  • Do not make the thesis statement too narrow or specific. Again, this is a result of failing to fully think through what one is going to write about. It is very much like painting oneself into a corner, away from any exit, and being left with no way out. Imagine, for example, having to write a paper with the thesis being “This table is made out of wood.” While such a sentence might lend itself to a few sentences (at best), one certainly could not hope to go any further than that. By always incorporating those three (3) patterns of development into your thesis statement, the error of being too narrow or specific will be avoided; and finally,
  • Do not make your thesis statement too vague. This error usually results from fuzzy, unclear thinking. If the thesis is unclear to you, then it will be unclear and, even worse, confusing to your readers. “The California Condor is an interesting bird” does nothing for the reader. It invites confusion by raising too many questions. “Interesting” meaning what? To who? Why? Here, once again, the confusion can be avoided by incorporating those three (3) patterns of development into the thesis statement.

Synergy – Bringing Everything Together:

Effective writing comes, first of all, from being precise and logical in one’s thinking process. When structuring paragraphs, essays and other compositions that work for the reader – and keep in mind that when writing for the public, that audience always comes first! – consideration must be given to capturing and then holding the attention of the reader. You accomplish this by using the opening gambits or strategies that I have identified here, each of which leads the reader to what hopefully will be a well-formulated, clearly-articulated thesis statement (i.e., the main idea of the entire composition). Your reader(s) should be able to follow that thesis in a logical and orderly fashion to the conclusion.

I like telling my students, however, that concluding or wrapping up a paper is just as important as getting the reader’s attention in the first place. You want to writer something that leaves an impression in the mind of your audience, a belief that they have been given something of considerable worth. This is best achieved by using any one of the following six (6) closing gambits (Again, there are actually eight but students who follow-through with me into 155 Freshman Composition will pickup the remaining two at that level):

1)       Restate the main points raised in the paper. What you are doing here is to repeat for your readers those patterns of development first articulated in the thesis statement; in effect, you are now tying the package together.

2)       Close with a quotation. This can be a very effective means for closing out an essay. It adds style and grace to the writing. The best quotes, again, come out of popular culture or wisdom. The quote(s) should be directly related to the subject matter. Using quotes definitely gives your audience the impression that you are in control of the material.

3)       Close with an anecdote. Once more, we are dealing with readability. Audiences love good stories, those that have a core, a sensibility. The writer who can close a composition with a brief story is certainly going to leave a memorable impression on the readers.

4)       Restate the main point and end with a thought- provoking question . Anytime you can focus the audience on the main point of your writing, then leave them with something to mull over once they have finished the reading, then you have succeeded.

5)       End with a prediction or recommendation based upon the subject matter. Remember that the prediction reflects what might or will take place if the assertion in your thesis is not followed through or acted upon. This engages the audience into actions which is always a positive effect. In the same vein, giving the audience a recommendation or series of recommendations is effective in that you are providing them with a list of actions they can take. This moves the audience from passive readers to active doers.

6)       End with a Call for Action. This is proactive, engaging writing that makes your audience aware that what they have read is not merely brain candy, but a serious call by the writer for them to act upon what has been put on the table. This conclusion keeps your readership stimulated.

7)       Close with a thought-provoking question, one that stands by itself and leads the reader to wonder, “ What if?”

Good writing calls for practice and commitment. One of the keys to being an effective writer is remembering your audience, keeping them in mind, understanding that the best audience is one that takes an active rather than passive role in reading what it is that you are trying to get across. The opening and closing strategies that have been discussed here are proven means for accomplishing that exact purpose. At the same time, you have been given a list of the do’s and don’ts in developing thesis statements. To become really adept at writing, though, you have to read: widely and broadly. Reading will give you access not only to new information but, even more, will expose you to different writing styles and ways of expression that can only enhance and improve your own.

Discussion Questions:

1)       The author provides seven (7) different gambits or strategies for starting one’s paper. What are those seven and provide your own original example(s) in explaining each one.

2)       What is a thesis statement? The author lists the four most common errors in the construction of thesis statements. What are those errors and which one(s) give you the greatest difficulty? Why?

3)       In this essay, you have been provided with eight different techniques for concluding one’s paragraphs and longer compositions. Identify each of the eight techniques and briefly give your own, original examples and illustrations in explaining each one.

4)       What has been the greatest value or insight this particular assignment has given you? Why? In what way(s) has it expanded on your previous knowledge and awareness of ways in which to open and close your writing.

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Election Updates: Trump accepts N.R.A. endorsement in Dallas, as Biden makes a pitch to Black voters in Atlanta.

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Donald Trump has wrapped up his remarks at the N.R.A.’s annual meeting. He urged gun owners to head to the polls to help deliver him an election “too big to rig.” He took shots at President Biden’s mental stamina, delivered his usual tirades against radical Democrats and undocumented immigrants and pledged to roll back Biden administration policies, including measures to regulate firearms.

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President Biden has wrapped up his remarks in Atlanta, where he told voters: “Now, let’s get to the message of the campaign. It’s very straightforward. The threat Trump poses is greater in the second term than it was in the first term.” Biden is sticking around in Atlanta to deliver the commencement address at Morehouse College tomorrow.

Onstage at the N.R.A.’s annual meeting in Dallas, Donald Trump has cast himself as a powerful ally for gun owners and gun businesses, warning that under the Biden administration gun rights are “under siege.” Trump, who is on trial on charges that he falsified business records, contended that he “knows better than anybody” what it is like to have rights taken away.

President Biden’s poll numbers show him trailing former President Donald J. Trump in key battleground states, including Georgia, where he is now speaking. “it’s hard to make any poll rational these days,” Biden said. He praised his audience for helping him flip their state, and secure the presidency, in 2020, and said they’d do it again.

In Dallas, Donald Trump has made it to the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, where he accepted the group’s endorsement, called its members “great patriots” and urged them to vote. “We’ve got to get gun owners to vote,” he said, predicting that he would win the election in November by unprecedented margins.

Speaking before the N.R.A., Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas drew his loudest applause with immigration, boasting that Texas had added miles of fencing to the border wall and kept a floating buoy barrier in the Rio Grande, though the Biden administration has legally challenged the move. “I will continue to bus those migrants to sanctuary cities across the United States — a bunch of hypocrites,” he said, referring to Democrats. “Oh, they are going to New York — trust me.”

President Biden is now speaking at a campaign reception at a local nonprofit organization in Atlanta. There are more than 100 people in attendance, according to a pool reporter in the room.

In Dallas, there’s no sign yet of former President Donald J. Trump at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. But N.R.A. leaders and Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas have just delivered their remarks. Mr. Abbott largely used his speech to blast President Biden and his policies, which he argued had led “to open borders, gun control, riots on our college campuses and the gutting of our constitutional rights.”

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Rudolph W. Giuliani shrugged off the authorities serving him with a summons in the Arizona election interference case during his 80th birthday party in Florida on Friday night. The former lawyer for Donald J. Trump wrote on X Saturday that his “celebration wasn’t ‘ruined’ or interrupted.” Giuliani deleted a social media post showing him at the party that mocked that he had not been served yet.

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Biden also took a swipe at recent polling showing that he trails Trump in battleground states, including Georgia. “So far the polls haven’t been right once,” he said. “We’re either tied or slightly ahead or slightly behind, but what I look at is actual election results, and election results are in the primaries.” He added that Nikki Haley, who is no longer in the race, has peeled votes away from Trump in several primary elections.

At a tearoom in Atlanta, President Biden previewed his commencement address at Morehouse College tomorrow. Speaking to supporters, many of them Morehouse graduates, Biden said the election was not about two candidates but about a choice between protecting democracy and letting democratic ideals continue to backslide. “It’s not about me,” Biden said. “It’s about the alternative as well.”

A white couple from St. Louis who pleaded guilty after brandishing guns at Black protesters as they marched past their home in 2020 — and later received a pardon from Missouri’s Republican governor — was named to a Gun Owners for Trump coalition on Saturday. Mark and Patricia McCloskey spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2020 and former President Donald J. Trump has rallied around them.

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Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an appearance at the Nevada Democratic Party’s state convention in Las Vegas on Saturday to tout the Biden administration’s economic accomplishments in a state where financial unease remains high. She contrasted Biden’s job-creating infrastructure investments with Donald Trump’s record. “The worst job performance of any president since Herbert Hoover: Donald Trump,” Pelosi said.

President Biden has arrived in Atlanta, where he will take part in two campaign events today in the battleground state, ahead of his commencement address on Sunday at Morehouse College, a prestigious historically Black institution. A pool reporter covering his trip said he was greeted at the airport by Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Georgia’s two U.S. senators, who are part of a slim Democratic majority in the chamber.

Minnesota’s Republican Party will receive $100,000 from Donald J. Trump’s campaign, lifting it out of debt for the first time in more than a decade, Tom Emmer, a House member and campaign chair in the state, said during a G.O.P. fund-raiser. Emmer introduced Trump at the event Friday in St. Paul., Minn., quite a turn after Trump sank his speakership bid last year and called him a “Globalist RINO.”

In a statement on Donald Trump’s appearance before the N.R.A. today, Vice President Kamala Harris, who leads the first-ever federal office on gun-violence prevention, criticized Trump for saying, “We have to get over it” after a shooting in Iowa this year that killed a sixth-grader. Trump “is catering to the gun lobby and threatening to make the crisis worse if re-elected,” Harris said.

Former President Donald J. Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas are expected to address the National Rifle Association at its convention today in Dallas. The N.R.A., the nation’s most prominent gun rights group and once a potent political force, finds itself hobbled after a Manhattan jury in February ruled that its leaders had engaged in a yearslong pattern of financial misconduct and corruption.

Former President Donald J. Trump, speaking at a G.O.P. fund-raiser in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday amplified false claims that he twice won the state. “I thought we won it in 2016,” he said. “I know we won it in 2020.” No Republican has won the state since Richard M. Nixon in 1972. Trump, though, said his campaign was now adding Minnesota to its “official expansion” of its electoral map.

Reporting from Dallas

Accepting the N.R.A.’s endorsement, Trump pledges to be gun owners’ ardent ally.

Former President Donald J. Trump, accepting the endorsement of the National Rifle Association on Saturday, cast himself as a powerful ally for gun owners and gun businesses, contending that under President Biden the right to bear arms was “under siege.”

“If the Biden regime gets four more years, they are coming for your guns,” Mr. Trump said in Dallas, where he headlined the N.R.A.’s annual meeting.

Mr. Trump addressed the group as he is on trial in Manhattan on criminal charges that he falsified business records related to a hush-money payment to a porn star. Onstage in Dallas, he contended that he knew “better than anybody” what it was like to have rights taken away.

“In my second term, we will roll back every Biden attack on the Second Amendment,” he said to loud applause. He also repeated his promise to fire the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on the first day of his administration if elected.

The annual gun rights gathering appeared far more muted than the last time Mr. Trump attended it, in 2022, in Houston, just days after the mass shooting of 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Greg Abbott, the state’s governor, and John Cornyn, its senior senator, did not attend that year’s convention, citing other commitments. Several marquee musical performers pulled their participation out of respect, they said, for the victims and their families.

The N.R.A., the nation’s most prominent gun rights group and once a potent political force, has found itself in a hobbled state. In recent years, it has shed members and been besieged by setbacks, defections and internal strife . In February, a Manhattan jury ruled that its leaders had engaged in a yearslong pattern of financial misconduct and corruption.

On Saturday, speakers pushed back against suggestions that the group was in decline. “No matter what you’ve heard, we are strong,” said Andrew Arulanandam, the group’s interim chief executive.

Mr. Abbott, who provoked outrage from Texas Democrats after he pardoned on Thursday a man convicted of fatally shooting a protester in a Black Lives Matter demonstration in 2020, drew a standing ovation when he took the stage. He largely used his remarks to blast President Biden’s policies, which he argued had led to “open borders, gun control, riots on our college campuses and the gutting of our constitutional rights.”

“Donald Trump is the antidote to Joe Biden,” Mr. Abbott said, urging N.R.A. members to help the former president’s election efforts. “No president has fought harder to protect your Second Amendment rights.”

Outside Dallas City Hall, dozens of people had rallied earlier in the day to call for stricter gun laws. Gun safety groups hung up T-shirts with the names of people killed by gun violence in Dallas County. Participants pointed to polls that showed a majority of the public supported many of the safety measures they were asking for, including enhanced background safety checks.

“They don’t care that you’re scared to go to church, that you might get shot,” Ana-Maria Ramos, a Texas state representative, told those gathered, denouncing state and federal lawmakers blocking stronger gun safety laws.

Sitting in a lawn chair at City Hall Plaza, Jill Brown, 66, a retired school nurse, said she was worried about the long-term psychological impact of mass shootings and active shooter drills on students.

According to The Associated Press, 217 people died in 42 mass shootings in the United States last year, one of the deadliest years on record. On May 6, 2023, a gunman killed eight people at the Allen Premium Outlets, north of Dallas.

On Saturday, the Trump campaign named a white couple from St. Louis who pleaded guilty after pointing guns at Black protesters as they marched past their home in 2020 — and later received a pardon from Missouri’s Republican governor — to a Gun Owners for Trump coalition.

At the N.R.A.’s meeting, Mr. Trump, whose campaign fund-raising has lagged in Texas, urged gun owners to head to the polls to help deliver him the election. He also warned not to waste their time on Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the independent presidential candidate, whom he called “radical left,” adding, “Don’t think about it. Don’t waste your vote.”

Mr. Trump also pledged to reverse Biden administration policies, including measures to regulate firearms.

“It’s a disgrace what’s going on, but with me in the White House, the radical gun-grabbers will run straight into a very, very powerful brick wall,” he said.

Mr. Trump, who has called himself “the best friend gun owners have ever had in the White House,” has an uneven history on the issue.

Addressing thousands of N.R.A. members at a February outdoor show in Pennsylvania, he pledged that “ no one will lay a finger on your firearms” if he returned to the White House. He also claimed that he “did nothing” to curb guns during his time in office.

But as president, Mr. Trump at times pledged support for stronger gun laws, and his administration rolled out one of the most significant measures to curb gun violence in recent decades — a rule banning bump stocks , the attachments that enable semiautomatic rifles to fire in sustained, rapid bursts. The lawfulness of the ban, which came after a mass shooting left 60 people dead at a Las Vegas music festival in 2017, is now being decided by the Supreme Court . The Biden administration has asked the justices to uphold it.

In the wake of another mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., in 2018, which left 17 people dead, Mr. Trump claimed that he would be “very strong on background checks ,” but he eventually reversed course.

In a statement on Mr. Trump’s remarks at the N.R.A. convention, Vice President Kamala Harris, who is leading the first-ever federal office on gun violence prevention, promoted the Biden administration’s achievements on gun safety legislation. She pointed to the signing of major legislation limiting access to firearms and increased investments in the nation’s mental health system, measures that ended nearly 30 years of stalemate in Congress over how to address gun violence.

She also criticized Mr. Trump for saying, “We have to get over it” after a shooting in Iowa this year that killed a sixth grader. Mr. Trump “is catering to the gun lobby and threatening to make the crisis worse if re-elected,” Ms. Harris said.

Reporting from Atlanta

In Atlanta, Biden warms up his pitch to Black voters.

President Biden declared on Saturday that his challenger, former President Donald J. Trump, represented an “unhinged” threat to the future of the country and asked Black voters at two campaign events in Atlanta to see the election as a choice between protecting democracy and letting it backslide.

This message was a preview of sorts for a speech he was scheduled to deliver on Sunday at Morehouse College, an all-male, historically Black institution whose students, alumni and faculty had been divided over inviting Mr. Biden as the war in Gaza continues.

Mr. Biden laid out his argument to a powerful slice of the electorate that has been drifting away from him during a campaign reception on Saturday afternoon: “We cannot let this man become president. We have to win this race, not for me but for America.”

For months, the president has tried to define Mr. Trump as an unstable force whose second term would be about exacting revenge on his enemies. But despite trying to present himself as a guardian of the international order and politics as usual, Mr. Biden has low approval ratings and is trailing Mr. Trump in several battleground states including Georgia, according to recent polls.

The strategy in Georgia this weekend seemed to be to take his own political brand out of the equation, asking key voters to instead consider what could happen if Mr. Trump wins.

“He’s clearly unhinged,” Mr. Biden said while talking about a recent interview granted by the former president. “Buy Time magazine this week. Take a look at what he has said. He said, ‘A lot of people liked it when I said I would be a dictator on Day 1.’”

Earlier in the day, Mr. Biden also took a swipe at the recent polling. “You hear about how, you know, we’re behind in the polls,” he said. “So far the polls haven’t been right once. We’re either tied or slightly ahead or slightly behind, but what I look at is actual election results and election results are in the primaries.”

He added that Nikki Haley, who is no longer in the race, peeled away votes from Trump in several primary elections.

“It’s not about me,” Mr. Biden told a group of supporters, including several Morehouse graduates, gathered at a popular restaurant in Atlanta. “It’s about the alternative as well.”

Michael C. Bender

Michael C. Bender and Annie Karni

Stefanik to denounce Biden, and praise Trump, in a speech to Israel’s Parliament.

May 19 update: Representative Elise Stefanik addressed some Israeli lawmakers at Parliament.

Representative Elise Stefanik of New York will be the highest-ranking House Republican to address lawmakers at Israel’s Parliament since the Oct. 7 terrorist attack with a speech on Sunday that is expected to deliver a forceful rebuke of President Biden and his fellow Democrats while presenting her party as the true allies of the Jewish state.

Ms. Stefanik’s speech comes as the Biden White House is urging Israel to end the war in Gaza, and it builds on the Republican political strategy to capitalize on Democratic divisions over Israel’s response to the terrorist attacks.

That strategy, which has played out in Congress for the past six months, has included a largely symbolic House vote on Thursday aimed at rebuking Mr. Biden for pausing an arms shipment to Israel and compelling his administration to deliver those weapons quickly.

Mr. Biden recently put a hold on military aid out of concern that Israel would use the weapons on Rafah, a crowded city in southern Gaza. The administration has also told Congress that it plans to sell more than $1 billion in new weapons to Israel.

“I have been clear at home, and I will be clear here,” Ms. Stefanik is expected to say in her speech, according to a prepared version of her remarks reviewed by The New York Times. “There is no excuse for an American president to block aid to Israel.”

Her remarks also appear designed to curry favor with former President Donald J. Trump, who has mentioned Ms. Stefanik, a former George W. Bush White House aide and staunch defender of Mr. Trump, as a potential vice-presidential candidate.

While a time-honored adage of American politics has held that partisanship ends at the water’s edge , Ms. Stefanik’s remarks may help strengthen her bona fides with the former president by paying little mind to the principle and decorum behind that unwritten rule.

Ms. Stefanik has positioned herself as one of Mr. Trump’s most loyal defenders in Congress, a role she first staked out during his first impeachment in 2019. Her prepared remarks for Sunday mention Mr. Trump by name three times while highlighting several of his administration’s accomplishments, including a package of Middle East deals known as the Abraham Accords and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“We must not let the extremism in elite corners conceal the deep, abiding love for Israel among the American people,” Ms. Stefanik plans to say. “Americans feel a strong connection to your people. They have opened their hearts to you in this dark hour.”

In addition to her remarks at Jerusalem Hall in the Knesset, Ms. Stefanik will meet with Israeli officials, visit religious sites and tour locations targeted in the Oct. 7 attacks.

Ms. Stefanik has played a high-profile role in the congressional investigations into antisemitism on college campuses. Her questioning of the Harvard and University of Pennsylvania presidents ultimately led to their resignations, delivering to Ms. Stefanik her biggest star turn this Congress.

An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to Representative Elise Stefanik’s planned speech in Israel. She did not ultimately speak to the country’s Parliament; she spoke to a group of Israeli lawmakers at the Parliament building. 

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Reporting from the California Republican Convention in Burlingame, Calif.

In California, Kristi Noem looks to move past weeks of backlash and regain favor with Trump.

Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, who for weeks has endured fierce criticism for killing her family’s dog in a gravel pit and boasting about it in her book, tried to move past the controversy on Saturday during a speech at the California Republican Convention — mostly by avoiding it.

“I have a book that has come out, you maybe heard a little bit about it,” Ms. Noem said to laughter in front of a crowd of about 200 people at a fund-raising lunch in Burlingame, Calif., where earlier she received a standing ovation.

But rather than address the story that has drawn condemnation for weeks , Ms. Noem instead spoke about a culture in America that revels in attacking people to “destroy them and their reputation.”

“We live in a country that is addicted to being offended, don’t we?” Ms. Noem said. “I’m going to ask you to just get over yourselves. Just get over yourselves.”

Ms. Noem, a Republican, had been seen as a strong contender to be former President Donald J. Trump’s running mate before she revealed that she shot her wirehaired pointer — named Cricket — in her memoir. Since then, her book tour has attracted negative attention — including among the Trump base — and Mr. Trump has signaled that the story has damaged her chances to be his pick for vice president .

During her speech, Ms. Noem spoke about refusing to impose some pandemic restrictions in her state, an “invasion of illegals” into the country and also attacked the news media. Ms. Noem, who has also been embroiled in a fight with federally recognized Native American tribes in her state, who have barred her from their reservations , maintained her position that the tribes were harboring cartels.

“They have set up on my tribal reservations, and they are proliferating,” she said. “They’re drug trafficking, they’re human trafficking, they’re raping our children and our women right in South Dakota. And they’re doing it protected by the federal government.”

Ms. Noem provided no evidence to support her claims.

The convention, less than 20 miles from the liberal bastion of San Francisco, drew hundreds of Republicans who have been energized this election season by renewed national interest in their state.

This year, Californian voters have become an increasingly important constituency for Republicans, as the state has become a key battleground in the contest over which party will control the House next year.

Republicans, who hold a razor-thin margin in the House, are defending seats in battleground districts from the Southern California suburbs through the Central Valley to the rural north. There are 16 House districts that were won by President Biden in 2020, but are controlled by Republicans, and five of them are in California.

The Republican Party is hoping to peel away voters from the legions of Democrats in the state who might be unsatisfied with the high cost of living, crime and homelessness, said James Gallagher, the minority leader of the California State Assembly. He said they would be focusing on outreach to Latino voters and Jewish voters, who, after weeks of college protests on campuses across the state, might feel like the “Democratic Party is not standing up for them.”

As for his thoughts on Ms. Noem, Mr. Gallagher said she had a good record in her state, but admitted that the dog story most likely “hurt her with, you know, people that have concerns about treatment of animals.”

But Mr. Gallagher, who represents a largely rural district north of Sacramento, added that there was also an urban, rural divide on the issue.

“There are times when you have to put animals down, and that’s for a lot of different reasons, and those of us from agriculture and rural areas know that that’s true. It’s actually a humane thing,” he said.

But for some at the convention, who were just beginning to get to know Ms. Noem as a national politician, her story was hard to swallow.

“I’m not sure what the constituency is for a story about shooting a dog,” said Gus Mattammal, the chairman of the Midcoast Community Council in Half Moon Bay, a city south of San Francisco. “And if she’s going to make curious strategic choices, I don’t know how well she’ll do in what should be a pretty intense competition for the role she’s competing for.”

Katie Glueck

Katie Glueck and Maggie Haberman

Trump is planning a campaign event in the deep blue Bronx.

Former President Donald J. Trump, who has been spending much of his time recently as a criminal defendant in a Manhattan courtroom , will be in a different New York borough next Thursday, when he will hold a campaign event in the Bronx.

The gathering is scheduled to take place at Crotona Park, his campaign announced in a statement on Friday evening, declaring that Mr. Trump would “ease the financial pressures placed on households and re-establish law and order in New York!”

It is an unusual location for a Republican presidential campaign event: The area went for President Biden by about 77 percentage points in the 2020 election. And despite a shift to the right in some of New York State’s congressional districts and neighborhoods , including in the Bronx, in recent years, the state as a whole is not considered a general-election battleground.

But Mr. Trump’s aides have been discussing an event in the South Bronx for weeks. The gathering, they said, would not be a traditional rally.

The idea has been to make appearances around New York City during Mr. Trump’s required attendance at his criminal trial in Manhattan, on charges he falsified business records to cover up a hush-money payment to a porn star during the 2016 presidential election.

Last month, in his first campaign stop since the start of the trial, Mr. Trump visited a bodega in Harlem , attacking the district attorney prosecuting him and casting himself as tough on crime.

The former president told donors at a Manhattan fund-raiser this week that he was planning something in the South Bronx, making a joke that he might get hurt in the neighborhood.

“We’re going to have a tremendous rally. You may never see me again,” he said, prompting laughter, according to an attendee who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private event. “That could be a tricky one.”

Representative Ritchie Torres, a New York Democrat who represents the South Bronx, wrote on social media that the area had “no greater enemy than Donald Trump,” casting him as a threat to the social safety net “on which Bronx families depend for their survival.”

“The South Bronx — the most Democratic area in the nation — will not buy the snake oil that he is selling,” Mr. Torres wrote.

In a speech in Minnesota, Trump falsely claims he won the state in 2016 and 2020.

Former President Donald J. Trump, speaking Friday night in Minnesota, which he vowed to boycott if he lost there in 2020, falsely claimed that he had won the state twice, adding that it was in play for him in 2024.

“I thought we won it in 2016,” Mr. Trump said during a fund-raiser for the state’s Republican Party in St. Paul, Minn. “I know we won it in 2020.”

The last time a Republican presidential candidate won Minnesota was in 1972, when Richard M. Nixon carried the state.

Nevertheless, Mr. Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party who is seeking to avenge his loss to Joseph R. Biden Jr. four years ago, said that his campaign was adding the state to its “official expansion” of its electoral map.

Mr. Trump’s nearly 90-minute appearance at the party’s annual Lincoln Reagan dinner was another deviation from the usual campaign battlegrounds on a day off from his criminal trial in New York. Last Saturday, Mr. Trump held a rally in New Jersey, a state he lost by double digits in both 2016 and 2020. Earlier on Friday, his campaign announced that it would hold an event in the deep blue Bronx next week.

Mr. Trump used his speech in St. Paul to lean into a narrative that he stood for law and order, suggesting that he had played a critical role in quelling the riots in the state after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers in 2020.

“I saved your city,” Mr. Trump said, adding, “If you didn’t have me as president, you wouldn’t have Minneapolis today.”

Mr. Trump began his day at the high school graduation of his youngest son, Barron, in Florida, which the judge presiding over his trial in New York had given him the day off from court to attend . That did not stop him from lobbing further attacks at the judge, Juan M. Merchan, whom he falsely accused of denying his request to be excused.

“You know, for a while, the judge said, ‘You can’t go to your son’s graduation,’” Mr. Trump said.

Earlier on Friday, Minnesota’s Democratic governor, Tim Walz, assailed Mr. Trump over his false claims to a local television station that he had won the state in 2020. Mr. Walz, in an online broadcast , called Mr. Trump’s falsehoods “an affront to democracy.”

“He lost by over seven points,” Mr. Walz said. “And for him to crow that he thinks he has a chance, I remind folks, Joe Biden came closer in Texas than Donald Trump came in Minnesota.”

On Saturday, Mr. Trump will be a headliner again, at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Dallas, the ninth time that the former president, who has pledged to roll back restrictions on guns, has addressed the group.

Mr. Trump last spoke at the N.R.A.’s convention in 2022, in Houston, even as other politicians and musical acts were no-shows in the wake of the massacre of 19 children and two adults at an elementary school a few days earlier in Uvalde, Texas.

Jazmine Ulloa contributed reporting.

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