We call it a “hook” because it reminds a shiny lure that fishermen use to catch a fish.
And, depending on the fish they want to catch, they will use different hooks. An essay hook opens your introduction rather than substitutes it.
You may start your introduction with a statement about a commonly accepted truth being false.
That will intrigue your audience and encourage them to keep on reading.
This hook can surprise a reader with something they might not have known.
Interesting facts about what you are going to discuss in your essay will intrigue your audience and make them want to learn more. Your professor will hardly like your essay opening if you copy it from a dictionary.
Be sure to check the requirements before using “I” in your writing.
This hook is perfect for personal narratives or college application essays, though you would hardly use it for argumentative or too formal persuasive papers.
A little humor helps to grab readers’ attention and spark their interest in the topic. Make sure it relates to the main idea of your essay.
Examples: Remember that most essay assignments don’t allow to write from the first person.