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Introductions. 1. To attract your reader’s interest. 2. To present a thesis. What’s the Point of an Introduction?. Something that is engaging for your readers Any necessary background context for your discussion. Topic and purpose (thesis). Elements of an Introduction.

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What s the point of an introduction

1. To attract your reader’s interest

2. To present a thesis

What’s the Point of an Introduction?


Elements of an introduction

Something that is engaging for your readers

Any necessary background context for your discussion

Topic and purpose (thesis)

Elements of an Introduction


Strategies for writing introductions
Strategies for Writing Introductions

#1: Open with some

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Example:

    • Throughout Western Civilization, places such as the ancient Greek agora, the New England town hall, the local church, the coffeehouse, the village square, and even the street corner have been arenas for debate on public affairs and society.


Strategies for writing introductions1
Strategies for Writing Introductions

#2: Open with a

QUOTATION

  • Example:

    • There is a bumper sticker that reads, “Too bad ignorance isn’t painful.” I like that. But ignorance is. We just seldom attribute the pain to it or even recognize it when we see it.


Strategies for writing introductions2
Strategies for Writing Introductions

#3: Open with an

ANECDOTE

  • Example:

    • I first met Angela Carter at a dinner in honor of the Chilean writer José Donoso at the home of Liz Calder, who then published all of us. My first novel was soon to be published; it was the time of Angela’s darkest novel, The Passion of New Eve.


Strategies for writing introductions3
Strategies for Writing Introductions

#4: Open with a

QUESTION

  • Example:

    • When will international phone calls be free? Not anytime soon, bub. But when you eventually get your iPhone 4G, they should be included in your rate plan.


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Strategies for Writing Introductions

#5: Open with a

STRONG OPINION

  • Example:

    • Men need a men’s movement about as much as women need chest hair. A brotherhood organized to counter feminists could be timely because – let’s be honest – women are no more naturally inclined to equality and fairness than men are.


Tip:

Introductions don’t have

to be just one paragraph.

You can use the first paragraph to “hook” your readers and then introduce the relevance of the hook (i.e., your thesis) in the second or even third paragraph(s).


The trick
The Trick:

Just don’t take too long to get there.

Don’t spend too much time on

“catchy” introductory methods;

get to your thesis as quickly as possible.


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