Introduction Paragraph for Persuasive Papers Gaining your reader’s interest and keeping it Key Elements Hook Thesis Statement I’m HOOKED! What is a hook? Effective ways to HOOK your reader: Anecdote (Personal Short Story) Startling Statistic Interesting Quote Anecdote Use imagery Use figurative language Communicate a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE tone based on your position (black or white) Example HOOK When a person turn on the news nowadays, it seems as though crime and violence are always the top stories. Some communities are plagued by these elements. Would you want to move to such a community? The obvious answer to that question is no. I have heard, however, that the school board is considering changing to a fourday school week, a decision which will inevitably result in our community becoming like those on the news. Thesis Statement Includes your position on the topic State it clearly! BLACK or WHITE!!! Includes a general overview of your reasons Format: I (advocate or denounce) the topic because 1, 2, and 3. 1, 2, and 3 are your REASONS Example Thesis Statements (Position) (Topic) I unquestionably denounce making the switch to a four-day school week because teachers will lose instructional time(1),parents will have to absorb the cost of the fifth day(2), and mischievous teens will have opportunities to engage in crime and violence(3) .