Well, I have a thesis. I have an outline. I have my research. How should I start my essay? The dreaded Introduction conundrum…. Your intro MUST do three things. . 1. Hook your readers. Opening Strategies. What makes a good opening ? -You can start a shocking statistic
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Well, I have a thesis. I have an outline. I have my research. How should I start my essay? The dreaded Introduction conundrum…. Your intro MUST do three things.
What makes a good opening?
-You can start a shocking statistic
(50% of all children raised in poverty will go on to raise their children with an income under the poverty live)
-an anecdote (maybe from The Glass Castle memoir)
-a description of an image.
But whatever sort of opening you choose, it should be directly related to your focus.
2. Orient Readers.Orienting readers, locating them in your discussion, means providing information. Readers who don't have the information they need to follow your discussion will get lost and quit reading. This may mean providing a reference to the book and author. i.e. In Jeannette Walls’s memoir The Glass Castle….or context to a debate.
Conclude with the thesis.
At the end of the paragraph or TOWARD the end of the paragraph provide a sentence explaining what your essay will PROVE.
This MAY refer to the structure of your essay but does not have to include the main points you will make.