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09/04/2019

How do you write a good hook for a persuasive essay?

QUESTION
How do you write a good hook for a persuasive essay?
Hi! I’m writing a persuasive essay on why smoking should be illegal, and I need help with the hook. Thanks 🙂

ANSWER
I’m writing a persuasive essay too, and one hook my teacher has been suggesting is to use an anecdote, a story from your own experience or someone else’s, told to make a point. It should be based off your research (as in, it could and probably has happened) and support your thesis. It should only be a few sentences long, just enough to invigorate the reader. Like in my paper, which is on why the death penalty should be illegal, I wrote about the anxiety, fear, and panic an inmate is feeling as he faces death row. Make it a bit dramatic and emotionally touching so that it not only grabs the readers attention, but it also helps make them side with you.
Hope this helps! : )