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Introduction and Conclusion Paragraphs. No pain for me this time…. The Introduction Paragraph. The first paragraph in a paper that introduces your topic and thesis statement Contains 3 main parts: Attention-Getter / Hook Lead-in Thesis statement. A Visual.

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introduction and conclusion paragraphs

Introduction and Conclusion Paragraphs

No pain for me this time…

the introduction paragraph
The Introduction Paragraph
  • The first paragraph in a paper that introduces your topic and thesis statement
  • Contains 3 main parts:
    • Attention-Getter / Hook
    • Lead-in
    • Thesis statement
a visual
A Visual
  • Think of the introduction paragraph as an upside down triangle.


Attention Getter


Thesis Statement


attention getter hook
The very first sentence(s) that gets the reader’s attention and makes them want to read more

VERY general introduction of the topic

Some options:

Shocking statistic

Startling story


Setting the scene



Attention Getter / Hook
the lead in
The Lead-in
  • The sentences between the attention-getter and thesis statement
  • Helps narrow the topic from general to specific
  • Acts as a transition between attention-getter and thesis statement
the thesis statement
The Thesis Statement
  • The most important sentence in the paper
  • Last sentence of introduction paragraph
  • Tells exactly what the paper will be about
  • Sometimes, it will present the order of the supporting material that will be in the paper
the conclusion paragraph
The Conclusion Paragraph
  • The last paragraph in an essay that neatly wraps up the paper
  • Contains 3 main parts
    • Restate the thesis
    • Lead-out
    • Clincher
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A Visual
  • Think of the Conclusion as a triangle.


Restatement of Thesis




restate the thesis
Restate the thesis
  • Summarize the thesis without repeating yourself
  • The most specific part of the conclusion
  • Should include a transition to indicate that this is your concluding paragraph
the lead out
The Lead-out
  • Just like the lead-in only backwards
  • Makes the topic larger to become more general and less specific
  • Smoothes out the conclusion paragraph
the clincher
The Clincher
  • Last sentence of the last paragraph
  • Give the paper finality
  • Similar to an attention getter because it should make the reader think and leave an impression
  • Most general part of the conclusion paragraph