How to Write a Reverse Hook

When writing a five-paragraph essay, use a strict format to let the argument flow easily. The major components of this format are the thesis, transitional hooks and reverse hooks. All have their part to play in writing an organized essay. Next to the thesis, which outlines the argument of the entire paper, reverse hooks are arguably the most powerful aspects of an essay. They begin each new supporting paragraph, and alert the reader as to the argument the paragraph will make. They can be thought of as mini-theses.

Decide what you want your supporting paragraph's focus to be. The paragraph should provide a clear argument that favors the paper's thesis.

Figure out how the paragraph's focus relates to the thesis. For example, if your thesis states that vegetarianism is healthy, your reverse hook (and entire supporting paragraph) could point out that many doctors recommend vegetarianism. This shows the focus of the supporting paragraph (doctors' recommendations) as well as how it relates to your thesis (the healthiness of vegetarianism).

Look at the transitional hook that ends the paragraph proceeding the one you're currently writing. A good transitional hook should help lead you into the reverse hook of the next paragraph. Write your reverse hook to flow logically from the previous paragraph's transitional hook.

Begin your reverse hook with transition words to help the flow of the entire essay. Transition words include words like "moreover," "similarly" and "additionally," according to Michigan State University's Web site.


Writing a reverse hook is easy if you remember to state the argument for the paragraph and relate that argument to the thesis.

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