Beginnings and endings can unify persuasive writing. To open the paragraph, offer an invitation to read on. For example, hook them with a question, dialogue, or surprise statement. At the end, wrap it up. Specifically, match the hook with an answer, more dialogue, or surprise statement.
Beginnings – Hooking the Audience
At the beginning of a persuasive paragraph, the hook grabs the reader. To be effective, it must work well with the topic sentence. In addition, it can introduce a slant.
For young writers, open with a question, dialogue, or surprise statement. As they progress, add more choices, such as onomatopoeia, setting the stage, or action.
Endings – Wrapping It Up
This extra sentence comes before or after the call to action. As stated before, it should match the beginning. This way, the start and finish of the paragraph act as frames. Consequently, the paragraph becomes polished.
Beginnings and Endings – The Slant
For more advanced writers, consider a slant or theme. How does this work? Let’s look at a few examples:
In Example 1, the hook focuses on what’s inside the tent. The transitions for each reason match this slant. Specifically, they tell where in the tent each takes place. At the end, the writer wraps up with an additional reference to the big top.
Conversely, example 2 concentrates on sights and sounds. Since the reasons already list sights, transitions purposely draw in sounds. At the end, we hear the ringmaster’s announcement.
If you’re looking for cohesive writing, help kids match hooks, transitions, and endings. The result will be stunning!
Persuasive Writing Series
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