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Top Methods To Create A Compelling Essay Introduction

The introduction of your essay is one of the most important parts of your article. As with many things in life, your first impression of anything leaves a lasting effect. You make a judgement about a person in the first few seconds after you meet them. Your first impression is very important and even if you don’t intend to create these feelings, they happen. The same thing happens with your essay. The introduction is your first impression of your essay. What you write in that introduction is going to lead your readers to decide whether to keep reading or not. They will decide whether your essay is worth reading just by reading the few sentences in your introduction. Because of this you need to make sure your introduction is really good. Here are some top methods to create a compelling essay introduction:

  • Your first sentence of your introduction should pique the interest of your reader. You want to spark something in your reader that will make them want to read on. Somehow you should grab the attention of the reader with this first sentence. Sometimes this is done with a quote or a statistic.

  • You want to set the stage for your essay with your introduction. This may mean giving some background information. You want to give your reader the facts they need to know so they will better understand your topic sentence.

  • You may want to include a hook so that your reader will be drawn into your essay. A hook is used to entice the reader. It is like a bribe. You need to try to make it impossible for your reader not to want to read the rest of your essay.

  • Your introduction also leads to your thesis statement which is usually your last sentence of your introduction. This statement is extremely important. Basically your entire essay should relate in one way or another to that thesis statement.

If you include something that grabs the attention of the reader, some background information on the subject, and the topic sentence, you will have a great introductory paragraph for your essay. Your introduction is your first impression that you are giving to your audience so you must make it good. It is your only chance to leave a first impression so spend time creating this paragraph and make it something you can be proud of.


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