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Introduction to Essay Writing. Essay writing is about sharing your knowledge and ideas about a given topic. There are several different types of essays including the following:. Expository – to show Compare and Contrast – showing how two topics are alike and different

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there are several different types of essays including the following
There are several different types of essays including the following:
  • Expository – to show
  • Compare and Contrast – showing how two topics are alike and different
  • How To – gives direction
  • Process – lab reports
  • Descriptive – appeals to the five senses
  • Persuasive – makes someone believe what you do
introductions have two purposes
Introductions have TWO purposes:
  • Get the reader’s attention.
  • Give the thesis statement.
    • The thesis statement tells what the essay will be about.
getting your reader s attention
Getting Your Reader’s Attention:
  • Effective introductions must make a reader want to read the essay. This is called a hook or a lead.
  • You SHOULD NOT begin an essay with the following:

In my essay, I will write about frogs.

OR

I am going to write an essay about frogs.

hook the reader by leading with one of these
Hook the Reader by leading with one of these:
  • An amazing or unusual fact
  • A descriptive segment
  • A quote
  • A question
  • A bold opinion
  • A statistic
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Your thesis statement will contain the main ideas you are writing about in your paper.

  • Once you’ve written the introduction, you need to focus on each body paragraph.
  • Body paragraphs should EACH begin with a transitional word or phrase (first, next, finally, in addition to, etc.). Then give 3 – 5 sentences of detail to support that category, and a clincher sentence to wrap the ideas together.
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The conclusion is the final paragraph. It is a reverse introduction. Begin by restating your thesis statement. Try to use slightly different words, but name your main ideas again.

Then, end your paper so that the reader feels like it is done. This is often done by connecting back to how you opened the essay. If you started with a question, go back to the ideas there. If you gave facts . . . comment on them once more.

types of hooks
Types of Hooks
  • _________________ Cats: furry and fluffy, sleek and sophisticated, playful and proud. These amazing felines make the best possible pets.
  • _________________ These celebrities of the animal kingdom have been featured everywhere from Broadway to King Tut’s tomb!These amazing felines make the best possible pets.
  • _________________ They are more intelligent than dogs, cleaner and neater than birds, and less annoying than a sister or brother.These amazing felines make the best possible pets.
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_________________ “I’ll travel anywhere around the globe to make a picture,” says Hollywood superstar Maxine Foster, “as long as I can bring my kitty cat along on the shoot.”These amazing felines make the best possible pets.

  • _________________ What do more than 20 million Americans have in common? They are proud owners of the fabulous feline. These amazing felines make the best possible pets.
  • _________________ Are you looking for a good companion, a faithful friend, and some good clean entertainment? Then look no further. Just buy yourself a cat. These amazing felines make the best possible pets.
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