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Writing an Introduction

Writing an essay's introductory paragraph.
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Emily Carter

on 11 March 2015

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Transcript of Writing an Introduction

Introduction
Transitional sentence(s)
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 the 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.
The transitional sentence acts like a bridge to make a smooth connection between the 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 and factual statement that expresses your position on the topic.
Explain REASON 1 in paragraph 1
Explain REASON 2 in paragraph 2
Explain REASON 3 in paragraph 3
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 . . .
Example:
Many things make me happy--finding a great parking place, having extra money to burn, or enjoying the perfect 72 degree weather. These things can be unexpected surprises to my day and will always put a smile on my face. However, true happiness is not found in accidental, trivial events. True happiness comes from simple pleasures with the right people, achievement of goals through hard work, and a spiritual life that is fed daily.
General idea that narrows to a specific thesis statement
Example 2:
I work 30 hours a week at the front desk of a motel in Riverside. When I first registered for college classes, I figured college would be fairly easy to fit into my schedule. After all, I thought, college students are not in class all day like high school students are. I assumed the twelve hours a week I'd spend in class wouldn't be too much of a load. However, I was in for a big surprise. My first semester at college showed me that students who work while going to school face problems at school, at work, and at home.
The thesis statement may follow a formula:

Topic=N (negative) or A (affirmative) because of 1,2, & 3 (reasons)

Example...Whether or not to get a college degree (TOPIC) is the most important decision (AFFIRMATIVE) because of increased income potential (1), the feeling of accomplishment (2), and increased personal and professional opportunities (3).
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