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lesson bookUNIT 1 — Lesson 1A
Parts of the Introduction


A hookThe Opening Statement

The purpose of the opening statement is to make the reader want to read the essay. The opening statement is often called the "hook" because it acts like a fishing hook:

  • it catches the reader's attention
  • it pulls the reader into the essay

There are many different ways to write a hook. Here are a few of the types of hooks that you can use:


Can you remember the fear and excitement you felt the first time you went to a foreign country?



The majority of American visitors to Canada in 2001 arrived by automobile.



"Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive."
Robert M. Pirsig — Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance



The Supporting Sentences

In an introduction you begin with the hook. Then you guide or lead the reader from that opening sentence to the topic and the thesis statement. The supporting sentences help your reader understand how the hook is linked to the topic. They help the reader focus on your specific topic.

The sample paragraph above is only one example of how to link the hook to the topic. Although there are many ways to write an introduction, the important point is that you lead the reader to your main idea and topic. You will learn more about other ways to write an introduction in Lesson 1B. Before that, let's look at thesis statements.