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Starting with a Grabber

It was like nothing they had ever seen before, so they never, ever wanted to put it down. Starting an essay with an attention grabber is a great way to hook your readers and make them want to read the rest. So, how do you write an attention grabber? Here are some ideas to try.

  1. Surprise your readers with an interesting fact that they might now know.
    • The flight lasted only twelve seconds, but it was twelve seconds that changed the world.
  2. Ask a question. Make it a question that makes your readers think or that makes them want to keep reading to find the answer.
    • When the news came that the Wright Brothers had achieved flight, would you have believed it?
  3. Use a quote. The right quote is a great way to get people interested and to get them thinking. Always quote your source.
    • Orville Wright knew the importance of curiosity. “Isn’t it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so we could discover them!”
  4. Use descriptive words. Set the scene. Use your senses.
    • On December 17, 1903, the strong winds blew as one of the most historical events in history was about to take place.

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