The hook paragraph gets your readers' attention and makes them want to continue reading. It is the introduction and the first paragraph of your essay. To build a “hook,” you need make a connection between your idea and the readers. They need to feel the information you convey is pertinent to some aspect of their daily lives. To convey your message and grab the readers' attention, you can try a few different methods.

Introduction Styles

When you have a story to tell, you can open by setting the scene. Play to your reader’s senses, showing smells, tastes, sounds and sights, as well as the feel of objects. This may help pull memories to the forefront of the reader’s mind, associating those memories to your essay topic. You also can begin by giving a historical overview of the subject or by posing a question to the reader to force a connection. As well, quoting someone prominent in your topic also can give you the right hook to open your essay.