Writing Hooks for Your Essays

A HOOK is a very important part of your essay. You can create suspense with your hook, making the reader want to read more! Do you think these Intro Paragraph Hooks are Dull or Exciting? Read each of the hooks then cut them out. You will need to glue each hook under the category of Dull or Exciting.

Note: Some of the hooks are for narrative essays, creative stories. Other hooks are written for explanatory essays or research reports.

The Hooks
Do you know much about dolphins? Read this essay to find out more.

The wind was blowing through my hair as I glanced down from the top of the Eiffel

Tower at the gleaming city of Paris below.

I heard a knock, knock, knock at the door. I peered out the window and realized, “Uh oh!”

I am going to tell you everything I learned about volcanoes.

I’m black and white, fluffy, and I have four legs. Are you curious to find out who I am?

This essay is all about the important island of Sicily.

Do you know about a dangerous animal that lives in the Amazon River?

Here’s a hint about this animal: it likes to eat humans.

The great white shark is a fascinating animal.

“Watch out!” I shouted to my sister below. “Help,” she cried, as her foot started to slip toward the edge of the cliff.

I will tell you a funny story about a guy named Leonard.

Do you know about a chemical substance that is explosive enough to destroy an entire building in under three seconds?

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Sophia.

Flying through the air at full speed, the harrier jet is one of the fastest military planes.

“I’m not afraid of the dark. I promise I’m not afraid of the dark,” I
told myself as I ran through the pitch-black field alone.