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Writing An Introduction


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Writing An Introduction

  1. 1. Writing an Introduction USF ENC 1102 By babybunini
  2. 2. ENC 1102 Rubric <ul><li>When writing a paper for ENC 1101 and 1102 in USF, there is a particular rubric that needs to be followed. </li></ul><ul><li>The rubric lists the introduction under focus and organization: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduces the paper’s focus without relying on overgeneralizations, captures the reader’s attention, and prepares the reader for the paper. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearly defines/establishes the focus (main idea), provides a thesis and forecasts organization, if appropriate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capture’s the reader’s attention and prepares the reader for the paper. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Taken from the First Year Composition Assessment Rubric </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is an Introduction? <ul><li>The introduction is what a reader sees first upon glancing at a paper. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just as first impressions are important when meeting someone, this is how a reader judges if a paper is worth reading. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The introduction includes the main topic of the paper, stated clearly. This topic is called the thesis. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The location of the thesis is generally the last sentence of the introduction. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. When to Write the Introduction <ul><li>There are different times in which you can write the introduction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In writing the first draft of a paper, the introduction can be written either: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At the beginning, when the paper is in it’s beginning stages, so that the paper can be written following the logic of the introduction. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>After the first draft is mostly finished, the introduction is written based on what has already been written. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing the introduction at either time is acceptable, as long as the paper follows the logic of the introduction and vice, versa. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted from the Perdue University OWL </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How to start the Introduction <ul><li>The first sentences in the introduction are the way to draw in the reader. Some examples are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin with a question. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin with an anecdote that has to do with the paper. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin with an interesting fact. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin with irony or a paradox. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin with an analogy that has direct correlation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>However the introduction begins, make sure it has relates to the paper, and does not detract from your main point. </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted from the Perdue OWL </li></ul>
  6. 6. How to Write an Introduction <ul><li>There are a couple of tried and proven ways to writing an introduction. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Four D’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who, What, Why, When, Where, How </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Four D’s <ul><li>The introduction is an important part of a paper, but it is a part of the whole. The first two points are about the introduction, but the last two are just as important to consider. </li></ul><ul><li>Define </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define the point of your paper. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Divide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Divide the points that will be the subject of the paper. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is how the body of the paper discusses the points divided out in the introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drive home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The conclusion drives home the points that the introduction lists and the paper discusses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted from the Taft College Writing Lab </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Who, What, When, Where, Why, How <ul><li>Answering these questions will give an idea on what the basis of the paper will be about. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer these questions, then start the introduction generalized and work it up to the specific point of the thesis. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted from the RSCC Online Writing Lab </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. So, in Conclusion <ul><li>Remember, the introduction of the paper is the first things people see, so get their attention. Start with something interesting. </li></ul><ul><li>It is okay to draft your paper, then write your intro. Or you can write the intro to help draft the paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Find a way that suits your writing style to help you get started on the intro. Ask yourself relevant questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your introduction states your thesis! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Works Cited <ul><li>Berven, Ellen. &quot;How to Begin to Write.&quot; 20 Mar 1998. The RSCC Online Writing Lab. 8 Dec 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>Flateby, Teresa; Metzger, Elizabeth. &quot;First Year Composition Assessment Rubric.&quot; 2008. 7 Dec 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Research Papers: Writing an Introduction.&quot; OWL . 1995-2004. Perdue University. 8 Dec 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Writing Introductions.&quot; Taft College Online Writing Lab. 07 Dec 2008 <>. </li></ul>