How do I begin my paper?
Writing Introductions Workshop
The Writing Studio
Bate 2005
Why are introductions important?
 First impressions are lasting impressions!
 If your introduction is poor, your readers...
What should an introduction
do?
 4 main things:
 Get your readers’ attention and interest
 Identify the specific topic ...
1) Get your readers’ interest
 Write about a topic that interests you
 Consider why you chose to write about your topic
...
2) Identify the specific topic
 Use specific terms
 Purpose
 Specific point-of-view
 Avoid saying “my paper is about…”
Thesis statement
 A concise sentence or two that states what
the essay is about
 gives direction to the essay
 conventi...
3) Conceptualize your argument
 Add the definitions or background
necessary for your readers to approach the
first paragr...
4) Explain how your paper is organized
 Tell the reader how you are going to talk
about your topic
 Indicate the section...
How long do introductions
have to be?
 Introductions vary in length according to
your purpose, writing style, the
complex...
How long do introductions
have to be?
 Introductions vary in length according to
your purpose, writing style, the
complex...
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Introductions 2

  1. 1. How do I begin my paper? Writing Introductions Workshop The Writing Studio Bate 2005
  2. 2. Why are introductions important?  First impressions are lasting impressions!  If your introduction is poor, your readers may stop there, or continue on with the wrong assumptions about your essay.  If it’s good, even captivating, your readers will continue enthusiastically.
  3. 3. What should an introduction do?  4 main things:  Get your readers’ attention and interest  Identify the specific topic of the report  Conceptualize your argument or discussion  Explain how your paper is organized
  4. 4. 1) Get your readers’ interest  Write about a topic that interests you  Consider why you chose to write about your topic or the specific aspect of your topic  Tell a story or an anecdote that connects to your discussion  Begin with an influential and interesting quote that explains the importance of your topic
  5. 5. 2) Identify the specific topic  Use specific terms  Purpose  Specific point-of-view  Avoid saying “my paper is about…”
  6. 6. Thesis statement  A concise sentence or two that states what the essay is about  gives direction to the essay  conventionally placed at the end of the introductory paragraph
  7. 7. 3) Conceptualize your argument  Add the definitions or background necessary for your readers to approach the first paragraph but…  Don’t give it all away now!
  8. 8. 4) Explain how your paper is organized  Tell the reader how you are going to talk about your topic  Indicate the sections of your essay and something about the order in which they will be discussed
  9. 9. How long do introductions have to be?  Introductions vary in length according to your purpose, writing style, the complexity of your topic, and the length of your essay
  10. 10. How long do introductions have to be?  Introductions vary in length according to your purpose, writing style, the complexity of your topic, and the length of your essay

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