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Writing the Introduction Paragraph

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Writing a good introduction paragraph is much easier when you know what needs to go in it. Think of it like a recipe. You need to gather all the ingredients, put them in in the right order, and check to be sure it’s done. Your first paragraph works the same way. First, you need a topic sentence. Your topic sentence should get the reader ready to read what’s coming. You might try to “hook” the reader with a quote, a question, or an interesting piece of information. For example, “Have you ever eaten a sundae so big that it almost toppled over before you could finish?” Next, you need to tell a little bit about what your paragraphs will focus on, without giving too much away. Try to briefly mention the main topics in your paper. Finally, you might want to close your introductory paragraph with a short conclusion sentence.

A strong introduction to an essay can hook the reader, creating a desire for more. That’s why it is important to craft the best introduction paragraph possible. Knowing how to write an introduction takes skill and practice, but getting the essay off to a great start will make the audience eager to keep reading. Time4Writing’s free writing resources cover how to write a good introduction to an essay. Designed to help students improve their writing skills, regardless of academic grade or proficiency level, Time4Writing’s 8-week courses provide more in-depth practice and one-on-one instruction by a certified teacher.


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