How to Create a Hook



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How to Create a Hook

Pretend that I have written an essay on three musical instruments that I play. Each instrument is a different body paragraph. Now I am going to put them together in an essay. Therefore, I must create an introduction. If I really want my audience to read my essay, I must them interested with a great hook. Hooks can be created in many ways which include the bold statement, odd fact, quote, brief dialogue, brief anecdote, dispelling of a common myth, and a question. (Try to avoid using a question. More sophisticated writing doesn’t use this easier method.) My thesis statement is, “I have played woodwind instruments for many years.” My roadmap statement is, “I play clarinet, saxophone, and flute.” Please notice that the background information changes with each hook to serve as a connector between the hook and the thesis/roadmap.




  1. Bold Statement

Playing musical instruments is the best! To me, music has been a huge part of my life, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have played woodwind instruments for many years. I play clarinet, saxophone, and flute.


  1. Odd Fact

The first woodwind instruments were developed in the Neolithic Period around 6,0o0 B.C. They were called bone whistles and resembled a combination of the modern flute and clarinet. Today’s instruments no longer resemble that ancient bone whistle. The flute and clarinet, as well as their cousin the saxophone, have become sleek and shiny instruments that can cost up to thousands of dollars! I know this because I have played woodwind instruments for many years. I play clarinet, saxophone, and flute.


  1. Quote

Without music life would be a mistake.  ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche I agree with Nietzsche. Music is a huge, wonderful, necessary part of my life. I have played woodwind instruments for many years. I play clarinet, saxophone, and flute.



  1. Brief Dialogue

“Carol, did you practice your flute yet?” For many musicians, that question causes anger and irritation. However, the answer to the question at my house was always a happy, “Yes, I did!” I always looked forward to learning something new and experiencing a piece of instrumental music. I have played woodwind instruments for many years. I play clarinet, saxophone, and flute.


  1. Brief Anecdote

When I was eight, my sister left for college. She was going to become a great musician. Our family and friends focused so much attention on her and her music that I felt left out. So I did something about it. When no one was looking, I took a very ripe banana and shoved it into the bell of her precious clarinet! Boy did I get in trouble! From this story, it would appear that I did not like musical instruments at all, but the exact opposite is true. I wish that had been my clarinet, without the banana of course, and that I was the one heading off to a prestigious college to become an amazing musician. Once my sister left for college, I became more serious with music so to be more like her. Now I can say that I have played woodwind instruments for many years. I play clarinet, saxophone, and flute.


  1. Dispelling a Common Myth

Some people say that music is a waste of time, but that is absolutely not true! A study at Stanford University proves that student musicians use math skills better and learn language more quickly than non musicians. Many young people are encouraged to study music so as to become better students. I don’t think I began my musical studies with that purpose. I chose to study music because of my sister, a skilled and talented musician. Now I can say that I have played woodwind instruments for many years. I play clarinet, saxophone, and flute.


  1. Question

What are my favorite musical instruments? My favorite instruments fall into the category of woodwinds which simple means a wind instrument. I have played woodwind instruments for many years. I play clarinet, saxophone, and flute.


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