Paragraph Starters for Essays

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Working on how to grab readers with great paragraph starters? This lesson provides some frames and examples of sentence starters you can use to introduce an essay and get readers hooked from the get-go.

Grab Your Reader

Have you ever heard the phrase 'You never get a second chance to make a first impression?' The same is true for writers. The impression you make on a reader begins from the first sentence they read, and you only have one chance to get it right. Your job as a writer is to grab the readers' attention and make them want to hear more. So whether you're writing a persuasive, narrative, or informational essay, we've got you covered. Use these frames to get your paragraph started. We gave you a little push and left the topic open-ended to fit with any subject.

Paragraph Starters for Persuasive Essays

Persuasive essays have a single purpose - to convince your reader of something. Some writers choose to wade into the waters gradually, winning the reader over with solid evidence and a soft, persuasive tone. Others hit the ground running. Take a look.

  • In my opinion….
  • I believe….
  • I'm sure of…
  • We all know….
  • I know……
  • I feel that….
  • We all agree…
  • While I agree…
  • You must agree that….
  • Some may say….
  • In truth….
  • The facts are….
  • The fact is….
  • Without a doubt….
  • It is certain….
  • The facts are clear….
  • It is clear…
  • Clearly….
  • While it's clear that….
  • It has been said….

Paragraph Starters for Narrative Essays

Narrative essays tell stories. Getting readers ready for your narrative can be overlooked as you rush to get into the heart of your ideas. Make sure to take some time working out how you'll make your readers want to read on. Try these techniques to get readers hooked.

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