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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. . 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.

1 hook your readers
1. Hook your readers

Opening Strategies.

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)

-a quotation

-a question,

-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.

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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.

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3.

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.

your introduction must
Your Introduction must
  • Hook
  • Orient
  • Provide Thesis
avoid since dawn of man or many societies struggle with poverty
Avoid- Since dawn of man OR many societies struggle with poverty
  • The history-of-the-world (or long-distance) opening, which aims to establish a context for the essay by getting a long running start: "Ever since the dawn of civilized life, societies have struggled to reconcile the need for change with the need for order." What are we talking about here, political revolution or a new brand of soft drink? Get to it.
  • The funnel opening (a variation on the same theme), which starts with something broad and general and "funnels" its way down to a specific topic. If your essay is an argument about state-mandated prayer in public schools, don't start by generalizing about religion; start with the specific topic at hand. REVERSE funnel is OK.
still stuck go with a quote
Still Stuck? Go with a quote.
  • When Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening was published in 1899, critics condemned the book as immoral. One typical critic, writing in the Providence Journal, feared that the novel might "fall into the hands of youth, leading them to dwell on things that only matured persons can understand, and promoting unholy imaginations and unclean desires" (150). A reviewer in the St. Louis Post- Dispatch wrote that "there is much that is very improper in it, not to say positively unseemly."