The four major types of essays address these purposes:
- Narrative Essays: Telling a Story. In a narrative essay, the writer tells a story about a real-life experience. ...
- Descriptive Essays: Painting a Picture. ...
- Expository Essays: Just the Facts. ...
- Persuasive Essays: Convince Me.
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What Is an Attention Getter?
An attention getter is also called a hook because it hooks the reader, just like a fishing hook. The attention getter is usually the first sentence in an academic essay.
The purpose of the attention getter is to grab the reader's attention and give him/her some context for the essay. This is your opportunity to let your reader know why this topic is important. However, an attention getter shouldn't give too many specifics about your essay - that's what your thesis statement, or main idea should do.
Types of Attention Getters
There are several different kinds of attention getters. While you can usually use a variety of attention grabbers for any essay assignment, we will also talk about which attention getter works well for particular assignments.
Here are the different types of attention getters.
A quotation from an important politician, well-known author, or famous person can be a good way to grab your reader's interest. For example, if I used a quotation by William Shakespeare, most people would know who he is. This kind of attention grabber works well with literary analyses and persuasive essays.
An interesting statistic related to your topic can be a powerful way to show your reader why your essay is important. This kind of attention grabber works well with research papers and argument essays.
An open-ended question can get your reader thinking about your topic. It's important that your question be interesting and thought-provoking. This kind of attention grabber works well with narrative essays or essays on controversial topics.
A personal story or anecdote (a short, interesting story based on true events) can be a good way to show your readers how your topic affects people. This kind of attention grabber works well with personal essays and essays on controversial topics.
You don't want to use dictionary definitions or yes/no questions for attention getters because they aren't interesting and don't engage your reader.
example THESIS STATEMENTS:
A thesis statement is usually one sentence that tells the main point of your piece of writing-research paper, essay, etc.
The thesis statement is then "proven" throughout the paper with supporting evidence.
When learning to write thesis statements, you may be taught to write a three-pronged thesis statement. This is a sentence that includes three reasons to support the thesis.
Example of Three-Pronged Thesis Statements:
1. We should wear school uniforms because they would help reduce discipline, be cheaper than other clothing, and help create school pride.
2. Zoos should be banned because animals need to remain in the wild, zoos cannot provide natural experiences for animals, and animals in zoos get sick and die.
Examples of Thesis Statement:
1. The moral of this novel is that love always wins. (The essay would present evidence and reasons to support that this is the moral of the novel.)
2. Those running for President should be held to a higher standard of ethical behavior. (The essay would present evidence and reasons to support why those running for President should have higher standards for ethical behavior.)
3. The vaccine created by our team of researchers is promising in the fight against the virus. (The research paper would present evidence and reasons why the vaccine might work against the virus.)