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  • 1. How to Write an Essay Introduction
    This is Part One of the course’s basic essay writing instruction.
  • 2. This presentation will review the following:
    A definition for an essay’s introduction
    The parts of an essay’s introduction
    The role of each part of an essay’s introduction
    Tips for how to write the parts of an essay’s introduction
  • 3. Materials Needed:
    Have a method for taking note handy
    Use the note-taking method that is best for you.
    Your professor will not request a copy of your notes.
  • 4. What is an essay’s introduction?
    An essay’s introduction is usually a single paragraph that introduces the reader to the essay’s subject matter.
  • 5. What does an essay’s Introduction do ?
    The introduction does the following:
    Grabs the reader’s attention
    Introduces the reader to the essay’s topic
    Announces the essay’s thesis
  • 6. What are the parts of an essay’s introduction?
    Grabber sentences
    Transitional sentences
    Thesis statement
  • 7. Each part of the essay’s introduction has an important role.
  • 8. What is an essay’s grabber?
    The grabber sentence or sentences are the first few sentences in the essay’s introduction.
  • 9. What is an essay’s grabber?
    The grabber sentence or sentences are meant to “grab” the reader’s attention by saying something interesting that makes the reader want to read the essay.
  • 10. Here is an example of a grabber:
    An essay about being bitten by a shark might have the following grabber sentence:
    As I felt the shark’s razor teeth cut through my arm’s flesh and bone, I had one thought as I lost consciousness: I was going to die.
  • 11. What are the transitional sentences?
    The transitional sentences are meant to “transition” the reader from the grabber sentences to the essay’s thesis statement.
    An essay about being bitten by a shark that begins with a quotation from Abraham Lincoln will need transitional sentences to help the reader see the connection between the grabber sentences and the thesis statement.
    Transitional sentences are optional because essays that demonstrate a clear link between the grabber sentences and the thesis statement may not need a transition.
  • 12. What is an essay’s thesis statement?
    The final part of the essay’s introduction is the thesis statement.
  • 13. What is an essay’s thesis statement?
    The thesis statement is a single sentence that does the following:
    The thesis statement tells the reader what the essay is about.
    The thesis statement shares the writer’s feelings, point of view or opinion about the topic.
    The thesis statement should make the reader want to read the essay.
    The thesis statement appears as the final sentence in the essay’s introduction.
  • 14. What is an essay’s thesis statement?
    An essay about being bitten by a shark might have the following thesis statement:
    Being bitten by a shark was an experience that changed my life in surprisingly positive ways.
  • 15. What is an Essay’s Thesis Statement?
    A thesis statement is the most important sentence in the essay.
  • 16. What is an essay’s thesis statement?
     Remember, the thesis statement tells the reader what the essay will be about.  
    Do not be hesitant or “wishy-washy” in your essay’s thesis statement. Tell your reader exactly what you mean. An essay with a weak thesis statement will be a weak essay.
  • 17. Summary
    Please remember the following:
    An essay’s introduction introduces the essay’s topic to the reader.
    The introduction includes the grabber to grab the reader’s attention,
    transitional sentences between the grabber and the thesis statement, and
    concludes with the thesis statement.
  • 18. This is the conclusion of this presentation.
    Please review this presentation, other notes provided by your professor, and the appropriate assigned texts to help you write your essay’s introduction.
  • 19. Works Cited
    Pierce, K. “Open Notebook.” The Pierce Clipart Collection. Creative Commons. 9 Dec. 2008. Web. 14 Nov. 2010.