Introduction paragraph: Compare/contrast Essay
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The ESOL Essayist- The Introduction Paragraph
The introductory paragraph of any essay is where you will, ideally, capture your reader’s attention. Whether you’re writing an argumentative, persuasive essay for a debate class or creating a poetic piece of descriptive writing, the opening paragraph should invite the reader in and make the purpose of your essay clear. Depending on the complexity of your essay assignment, there are a few methods you can try to make your essay introduction strong, powerful and engaging.
SAT Essay Intro Paragraph Structure - Magoosh
Aristotle suggested that speakers and, by extension, writers should tell their audience what they are going to say, say it, and then tell them what they have said. The three-part essay model, consisting of an introductory paragraph, several body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph, follows this strategy.
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Introductory paragraphs are the portion of the essay that come before the thesis statement. The Thesis statement is usually the last sentence of the introductory paragraph. The introductory paragraph should grab the reader’s attention and make him or her want to read the essay. The introductory paragraph can also provide background information that is necessary for the reader to appreciate the writer’s position. The introduction is an opportunity to shape the reader’s opinion about the writer’s main idea before the reader gets to the thesis statement. Finally, the introductory paragraph presents the writer’s thesis statement. Your essay lacks only two paragraphs now: the introduction and the conclusion. These paragraphs will give the reader a point of entry to and a point of exit from your essay.The introduction is the most important part of your essay, and it has one purpose to fulfill above all others: to draw in the reader. Ideally this should all begin right from the attention-grabbing opening sentence. If the introduction can then go on to orient the reader to the focus of the essay, then that can be very helpful. Orientation, however, is not an essential purpose because that can be achieved gradually in the essay. Many people make the mistake of writing a paragraph that explains what they are going to talk about in the rest of the essay. Such a paragraph might include something such as the following: "My journey toward college has been shaped by a variety of experiences, including academic studies, volunteer work, and extracurricular activities." The reader knows that you are going to talk about these things and is most likely muttering to himself, "Get to the point."