Author: Dan Reade

    Explain different styles of introductions and what writers accomplish in them (e.g. defining necessary terms or concepts, introducing the scope of the paper, introducing research questions, developing a point of view, etc.)


    Explain strategies for writing effective introductions.


This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to organize a paper and who is confused about how to create an introductory section. It will explain what writers accomplish in introductions and strategies for writing effective introductions.

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The Basics of Introductions

Introductions (along with conclusions) are often the most difficult parts of an essay. And for good reason. Introductions draw the audience into an essay. Unless the essay is required reading, the introduction will likely determine whether the reader keeps going or puts the essay aside.

All that said, writing a good introduction is obviously not impossible (otherwise no one would do it). The document below will show how to craft a successful introduction. It includes helpful tips to keep in mind and common mistakes to avoid. Read it carefully and see if introductions don't become much, much easier.

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Source: The Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Introduction Styles

The video below provides explanations and examples of common introduction styles. It also explains the goals of these styles so that students can evaluate the success of their own introductions.

Source: Youtube

Strategies of Introduction

One of the most important purposes of an introduction is to grab the reader's attention. In most instances, a reader is not required to read an essay or story; instead, it is the introduction that gives the reader a reason to read. The PowerPoint below gives five strategies for engaging the reader, for giving him or her that reason.

Source: Dan Reade