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Good Attention Getters for Essay Papers

Updated on November 22, 2016
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Good Effective Attention Getters Are Vital for Essay Papers

Having a good attention getter for an essay paper is absolutely crucial because, on average, people will give you the first 2 sentences to come to a conclusion of whether your essay will be interesting or another waste of time they are forced to read. Here, I will teach you how to write a truly effective lines and some examples of attention getters for you next essay!

This first impression will either make or break your essay. If the reader or marker is not interested in the first few sentences, chances are they won't read into what you are saying for the rest of the essay either.

To make sure you catch their attention from the very start, you will need a good attention getter that is effective for your essay paper to invoke curiosity for your essay. Below are good ways to instant get attention from your readers to entice them into reading more.

1. Ask a Question

  • Have you ever wondered why the...?
  • What if it was YOU that had this happen to you?
  • Do you really know the real reason behind ...?

This simple technique will make the reader ponder on your question even if it was rhetorical. You capture their attention and allow them to think about themselves, therfore feeling a sense of relation to exactly what you are talking about.

2. Tell a Story

  • Imagine walking down the street and...
  • Just the other day I bumped into....
  • The lady did exactly as we predicted and...

Guide them through a story of your previous holiday or a funny event to relieve them from the task of reading your essay to one of enjoying a story. The reader will be interested in what happens next in the story.

3. Tell a Joke

Funny attention getters can be very effective when used correctly. There are 2 types of jokes you can utilize.

  • An average general joke. If the joke was successful, it would lighten the mood and allow the reader to enjoy the rest of the essay and see what else you have in store to lighten the mood. Such as "Did you see the size of his massive biceps?"
  • An insider joke that you know the reader will understand. This will make the reader feel as if they can really relate to what you are saying personally. They are no longer just reading an essay that someone has written, rather an essay someone they can relate to such as "The time we were comparing which brands were the best pots and pans and somehow it led to us..."

4. Use Comparisons

Using comparisons to describe a vague idea with something that the reader knows a lot about will be more interesting. If you are writing about the financial interest rates, and the reader is a painter, relate it to something to do with painting arts. You could compare interest rate savings to the same as investing in a priceless piece of art or use similes and metaphors such as - as warm as a sheepskin jacket.

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      shorty1022 2 weeks ago

      what if you cant ask a question? would you put an interesting fact about the topic? could you do that for a compare and contrast essay???

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      Ally Kan 5 weeks ago

      THX for you help, it had been a hard task for me to start an essay for a competition, but due to your help and God's help, I finally made it. Congratulations to the one who created this website.

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      Fig newton 6 weeks ago

      This was such a good website i always have trouble starting a paper thank you and next time you are shopping please buy me

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      Bree Sharp 6 months ago

      I think this was super helpful because I didn't know all the different ways you could start a parargraph.

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      liberty 7 months ago

      I love this websight

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      Mark Helfrich 11 months ago

      Nice website. Go Ducks!

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      Matthew Swann 21 months ago

      Hi, Cam Newton!! Great comment. I wish you the best of luck next game!!

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      Aaron Rodgers 21 months ago

      Very helpful!!

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      Kelsey 3 years ago

      Not what I was looking for but OK!!!!!!!!!!!

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      alidean 4 years ago

      very very useful i got an A+ for my assignment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      tevin 4 years ago


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      nicole 4 years ago

      what are some good attension-getter

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      sue 5 years ago


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      JJ 5 years ago

      I totally agree with alrstudent

      Some basic tips to keep in mind for writing an essay. . .

      ~You should NEVER use the word "you" or "I" or "your" etc.

      ~"Have you ever. . ." or "Do you ever wonder. . ." or "Do you really know the real reason behind. . ." because it gives your reader the chance to say or think "Nope, I've never wondered . . ." or "No I haven't done that" or "I don't really care if I know the real reason behind. . ." When writing an essay you don't want to give your reader something they could disagree with what your saying or go "and I care because. . .?" I know it sounds harsh but seriously, who really gives a crap to those kinds of questions? Do they really make you want to read whatever the paper is going to be?

      ~Jokes don't usually work in most cases. Unless you have a SUPER funny joke where everyone laughs every time you tell it, then I'd say it's a pass.

      ~Never use I think, I feel, I believe, In my opinon, etc. because in doing so it's like your saying YOU are an EXPERT on the topic or whatever your writing about. So unless you really have a degree in what you're writing about, leave those out.

      ~All forms of go or get (includes goes, gone, gotten, went, got, etc.)

      ~The phrase "it all started with. . ." because did it really all start with. . . When you say that it's basically saying the beginning of earth/time/the world started with. . .


      Attention Getters MUST BE CLEVER!!!! Ideas. . .

      ~Allusions (refrences to something famous-ex. writing a persuasive essay for the idea of population control an attention getter could have a tie in to "It's a small world")

      ~A play on words (ex. persuasive essay for the idea of banning the watermelon-Watermelon is a grind. Grind is the play on words because of course there is grind, but also there's the "rind" of a watermelon.)

      ~Another ex. would be "Is watermelon too big a pill to swallow?"

      These are just some of the basic rules to follow when writing an essay-hope they help!

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      fufubunny 5 years ago

      alrstudent is right

      essays are supposed to be in the 3rd pperson

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      alrstudent 5 years ago

      You aren't supposed to use questions as an attention getter. You also aren't supposed to use "I" or "you" in an essay. Nice try though.

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      chichis 5 years ago

      thanldsyf you

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      tete 5 years ago

      this was really GREAT !!!!

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      MG 5 years ago

      This was very helpful, but my teacher is really strict so we can't use 1st or 2nd person, so asking questions and doing things like that are really hard for me.

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      Tony Gonzalez 5 years ago

      Yeah, good thanks. Wish this was here when I was a kid. Good thing I'm in the NFL...

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      katriya 6 years ago

      very helpful but not exactly what im looking for and not that super, but i think it is ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Don't try to be mean but this is really not the mean idea! too bad though but don't be sad!!!!

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      sean hughes 6 years ago

      very very useful with my home work

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Excellent tips. Voted up and useful ! I could use this for writing blogs too.

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      pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Very useful tips! Excellent hub Thank you!