An introduction is a vital part of a paper because it sets the tone for the rest of the paper. And oftentimes, a reader will decide to read past the introduction only if the introduction is well written.
So it’s very important that you put some thought and effort into the introduction.The following transcript is provided for your convenience. The next lesson: Looking for Mistakes, both lessons are included in Practice Tests.
So, there are two things an introduction needs to include, and there are many things the introduction should not include.
So, first, the things an introduction should include. One, a thesis statement. And two, an attention getter.
So, a thesis statement briefly tells what the paper is going to be about. Now, you’re not going to structure your thesis statement by saying, “I’m going to tell you about…” or, “My paper will explain this.” It’s more of a general concept or general argument that the entire paper is going to refer back to. So, every concept and idea in the paper is going to fall under the umbrella of thesis statement and relate back to it.
The thesis statement generally comes at the end of the introductory paragraph. It’ll be a sentence or two, but it needs to come at the end of the paragraph. Don’t start at the beginning of the paragraph because the beginning of the paragraph needs to have the attention getter. And thesis statement is not the attention getter.
The attention getter, like it sounds, gets the reader’s attention, and then leads out to thesis statement, which tells what the paper is going to be about, or the general concept the paper will be talking about.
So, what makes a good attention getter? Many times, this can be a surprising fact. Something that will surprise the reader, making them want to read more.
Sometimes telling an interesting fact about some well-known person. Or telling a quick story. It may be a personal story or maybe a personal story about someone famous. All those are good ways to start off a paper.
Sometimes giving a little bit of background information, but don’t make this like a textbook. Make it really interesting and come alive for the reader. So, that keeps the reader reading, and that leads up to thesis statement, which is to come.
So, that’s the main two things that need to be in the introduction. Watch out for anything else that would get in the way of having an attention getter and a thesis statement, because that’s all you really need in the first paragraph. Anything else will get in the way and slow down the action.Practice tests help you remember. Take this mini-test to solidify your memory.
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