The Hook, Line and Sinker is a simple tool to assist writers in
achieving fundamental writing goals.
It is not a formula to follow, but a guide for writers to model. Writing is
an art form, and therefore is very personal. Hook, Line and Sinker is not designed
to remove a writer's freedom of form and style. It is designed to help writers meet
the minimum requirements of any good introductory paragraph.
A good introductory paragraph is the
foundation of clear and concise writing. It should:
the historical setting;
state a viewpoint, and;
a preview of the rest of the paper.
To see examples of each, click on
Hook, Line and Sinker headings.
| Catch the reader's attention with your opening
sentence. It should hook their interest enough to make them want to continue reading what
you have written. Don't restate the question and avoid bland factual statements. Write
something clever, yet accurate. Use emotional or descriptive language. Approach your topic
from a unique angle or perspective. Take your time and put some thought into the first
sentence. It should reflect the quality of the rest of your work.
|| Clearly indicate the position you are taking in the
essay in your thesis statement. Be sure it directly relates to the question that is being
asked. It should reflect the primary focus of your essay. The reader should be able to
relate the remainder of your paper to this line. Write actively. Be sure the verbs you use
mean what you want them to mean. Evidence or examples you are going to use in the essay
should support the thesis
|| Give the reader a blueprint of what is to come. As
the reader goes down through your essay, what will he or she find? What evidence will you
provide to support your thesis statement? Indicate the evidence you will use to support
the thesis. The sinker should present a snapshot of the main topics of each of the
paragraphs in the body of your essay. Use clear and concise language. Avoid writing
statements like, "In this paper..."
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