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Explicit Examples of Good Introductions for a 5 Paragraph Essay

There’s more than one way to write an introduction for an essay. Sometimes students get stumped by this task. These simple tips, tricks, and examples will help.

Types of Introductions

Not all introductions are created in the same way, despite what your grade school English teacher told you. Here are a few examples of different types of introductions you can write for your five paragraph essay.

  1. The basic introduction

    The tried and true basic introduction—it’s not flashy but it gets the job done: Your first few sentences should be your thesis. Your next three to five sentences summarize your main points. Your last one to two sentences conclude the introduction and provide a segue into the first body paragraph.

  2. The quotable introduction

    But the tried and true introduction doesn’t have a lot of pizzazz. It’s a bit difficult to write a surprising, high impact introduction from scratch, but this particular tip can really help. Find a really great quote, preferably from one of your main sources, that ties directly to your thesis—something very intriguing. Use this as your first sentence, and then build your thesis around the quote. This is practically cheating because it works so well and really engages the reader!

  3. The conclusion-as-introduction

    This is another great, and easy, trick to writing a more exciting introduction. Write your introduction as a conclusion instead, and then create a good transition to your first body paragraph. While introductions and conclusions contain much of the same information, they have a subtly different flavor—namely that conclusions are usually more confident. Just that small shift in perspective can really make an introduction more fresh.

  4. The anticipatory introduction

    There’s a reason for things like movie trailers and teasers for new television shows—they work. You can write an introduction that covers the major bases without giving away too much information. Be willing to hold back a little after sharing your thesis, and give just a few hints of what’s to come. Let your essay reveal itself gradually, and you’ll be better able to engage the reader.

Tips for Better introductions

  • Write the body of the paper and the conclusion first. Once you have the whole essay written, it’s so much easier to write an engaging introduction that really meshes with it.
  • Don’t ramble on and on in the introduction. Brevity is a good thing, you want your reader to be eager to get to the meat of the essay.

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