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Prompts on how to write the introduction of an essay

The introduction of an essay is just as important as any other part. In fact some people would argue that it's the most important part of the essay because it sets the tone for what is to follow. If you have a lousy introduction, the reader is put off and will not look forward to reading the rest of your work.

There are a number of tips and ideas to help you write the really best introduction possible. Here are some of the prompts to get you on the right track.

  • Start with a brief general statement.
  • Always write a terrific thesis statement.
  • Briefly list the points you intend to make.

As the saying goes, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. So your introduction needs to be on the ball. It needs to be interesting. It needs to grab the attention of the reader. And while the reader may well be your teacher and has to read the essay anyway, it will certainly help in the marking process if you write a cracking introduction.

While the heading will obviously give the reader an idea of what is to follow, your first sentence or two which will be a brief general statement in what will set the scene. Tell the reader what it's all about. Do so in as few words as possible.

Then we come to the thesis statement. This is a mini version of what you are going to say in response to the title or the question being asked. Your thesis statement is the basis of your entire essay. What follows will be your response to the thesis statement. So get it right. Don't forget that brevity is the soul of wit and less is more. And with a terrific thesis statement you're ready to fully explore the subject in the rest of your essay.

But after the thesis statement you get a chance to give the reader a broad outline of what is to follow. If ever you write in a precise and concise fashion, this is the place to do it. Don't give away too much information. Simply whet the appetite of the reader.

When you get these three prompts spot on, you will have created a quality introduction. With a quality introduction you are well placed to produce a quality essay.

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