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Writing an Introduction

Writing an Introduction

Author: Jon Moore

Students will learn about the basic elements of a written introduction. After learning and practice, students will be able to write an introduction to their current piece of writing.

This short lesson provides students with the knowledge and tools necessary to begin the process of writing  a solid introduction to a piece of writing.

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Parts of an Introduction

An Introduction will have 3 main components:

1. Lead - the attention-getter

2. Main Idea Statement - also known as a thesis statement

3. Supporting Details



The purpose of your lead - attention getter - is to grab your audience's interest.

This can be done many different ways. Some possible methods are:

a. using a famous quote

b. asking a question

c. telling a quick story or anecdote

d. making a bold statement

e. referring to a recent event/incident

f. using a crazy/interesting fact

g. telling a joke


Main Idea Statement:

In one or two sentences, you will inform your audience of your MAIN IDEA or CENTRAL PURPOSE.

For more information & examples, click here.


Supporting Details:

To finish a solid introduction, it is important to give details - previews - of how you will support your main idea, claim, or achieve your central purpose.


More Info - Video

This video gets even more specific with restating key points into your own words when necessary!

Source: via youtube

Wrap Up, Review, Getting Started

Let's review:

-It's important to have a solid introductory paragraph when constructing an effective essay, whether it's persuasive, argumentative, or informative.

-A crucial component of an introduction is the lead/attention getter. Refer to the notes to see some different ways to connect to your audience.

-Without a main idea sentence, informing the audience of the paper's purpose, your essay may have no  direction!