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The 5 Paragraph Essay: The Introduction

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Cassie Oring

on 21 January 2014

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The 5 Paragraph Essay:
The Introduction

Writing the INTRODUCTION:
Start with a "catchy opener." The introduction should capture the reader's attention (or "HOOK" them). Try to make your introduction interesting with sentences which:
- Begin with an enticing or thought-provoking quote.
- Pose an interesting question.
- Start with a surprising fact.
- Give a humorous anecdote.
Introduce, more specifically, what you will be writing about in your essay. This sentence should introduce
the anchor piece (the book, poem, etc.
you're supposed to be referring to in
your essay), mention the author, or
define any important terms. Most importantly, it needs to link your first sentence to your thesis statement.
Turn the question of the prompt into a statement that clearly defines the main idea of your essay.
EXAMPLE:
Before writing your introduction,
you must ORGANIZE your ideas!
What is the
QUESTION
the prompt is asking?
What is my
ANSWER
to the question?
What is the
TEXTUAL

EVIDENCE
to support my answer?
What are my
POINTS
that answer the question?
A Catchy Opener... The HOOK
Writing the INTRODUCTION:
Making Clear CONNECTIONS
Writing the INTRODUCTION:
Give Us a Map...
The THESIS STATEMENT
Include the 3 reasons you will use to prove your answer to the question. These should be in a logical order and match the order of your body paragraphs.
__________ because
____, ____, and ____.
Enjoying Your Camping Trip
Each year, thousands of people throughout
the United States choose to spend their vacations camping in the great outdoors. Depending on an individual's sense of adventure, there are various types of camping to choose from, including log cabin camping, recreational vehicle camping, and tent camping. Of these, tent camping involves "roughing it" the most, and with proper planning the experience can be gratifying. Even with the best planning, however, tent camping can be an extremely frustrating experience due to uncontrolled factors such as bad weather,
wildlife encounters, and equipment failures.
HOOK
CONNECTION
THESIS
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