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Writing an Introduction

Writing an essay's introductory paragraph.
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Monica Watson

on 5 January 2016

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Transcript of Writing an Introduction

Introduction
Focus Statement
Writing an Introduction
Thesis Statement
Attention Grabbers:
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Three important
parts of an essay’s
introduction:
Anecdote: a brief incident that relates to the theme of the essay
Startling fact or opinion: a piece of information that will get your reader's attention
Rhetorical question: a meaningful, unanswerable question that gets the reader thinking about your topic
Quotation: someone else's words that relate to the topic
Description: a brief description of a scene, person, or object that appeals to the reader's senses
Indicate your topic.
Clearly state what you are writing about.
This transitional sentence acts like a bridge to make a smooth connection between the attention grabber and the thesis statement.
You do not always need to include a transitional sentence, but you should always evaluate your introduction to see if one is necessary.
You may need to explain.
Finally, clearly state your thesis statement. This lets the reader know your position on the topic. Make it a bold statement that expresses your position on the topic.
Once the thesis statement is created, the rest of the paper should convince/persuade the reader. Additionally, the thesis prepares the reader for the facts that will prove the argument/claim concerning the topic is true. Your thesis should be an arguable statement--NOT a fact.
Placing the thesis statement in the first paragraph ensures that the reader will understand the topic and not be confused for the remainder of the paper.
Before trying to decide on a thesis, gather all of the information available on your topic! -How can you have an educated opinion about something that you know little about? -The more that you know about your topic, the easier it will be to form a provable opinion (thesis) about it.
Things NOT
to do in your introduction:
Apologize:
Never suggest that you do not know what you are talking about or that your opinion does not matter

Announce your intentions
In this paper I will . . .
My essay is about . . .
The purpose of this essay is to . . .
Use a dictionary or encyclopedia definition
According to Webster’s dictionary . . .
Focus
Grabber (aka Hook or Lead)
focus statement
thesis
Abraham Lincoln once said that "aside from log cutting, no activity builds character as well as after school sports programs." This is undeniably true as high schoolers across the country benefit from involvement in these organized activities. Extracurricular sports help build endurance, teach discipline, and build the leadership skills students need to be successful in later life.
Sample Introduction
Grabber
Focus
Thesis
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