How To Write A Good Introduction

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How To Write A Good Introduction

  1. 1. How to write a good introduction<br />By Kelsey Hawkins<br />
  2. 2. Hook<br />Getting the reader’s attention<br />Some common strategies used to attract the reader’s interest to an essay are:<br />· Present surprising facts and statistics.<br />· Use a fitting quotation.<br />· Ask a thought provoking question.<br />· Define a key term.<br />· Present an interesting observation.<br />
  3. 3. Summary of situation<br />Set the foundation for your essay<br />Introduce the situation<br />Provide all necessary background information<br />
  4. 4. thesis<br />A thesis statement declares what you believe and what you intend to prove. A good thesis statement makes the difference between a thoughtful research project and a simple retelling of facts.<br />Attributes of a good thesis:<br />· It should be contestable, proposing an arguable point with which people could reasonably<br />disagree. A strong thesis is provocative; it takes a stand and justifies the discussion you will<br />present.<br />· It tackles a subject that could be adequately covered in the format of the project assigned.<br />·<br />
  5. 5. Example of good topic paragraph<br /> Masculinity means having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, such as strength and boldness. This is a general definition of masculinity that can be found in any modern dictionary today, but few know that ideas that make up masculinity today and in Shakespeare’s time were essentially the same. Although society is completely different now than it was back then, it is interesting that the definition of this word has remained the same. When one thinks of strength, criminals, people in authority; does one think of a man or a woman? What about when love, gentleness, and caring emotions are considered? Would these features be more likely attributed to a man or a woman? <br />
  6. 6. Example of a good paragraph<br />The relationship between gender and power, particularly Shakespeare’s exploration of the values that make up the idea of masculinity are vital in Macbeth. Shakespeare’s ideas of masculinity are loyalty, bravery, coldness, power and ambition, while he views femininity as gentleness, weakness, and the quality of nurturing. As such, Lady Macbeth switches from more masculine to more feminine as the play develops and Macbeth transforms from a more respectable and heroic form of masculinity to an evil and diabolical form of masculinity.<br />
  7. 7. explanation<br />In the previous slide I used my introduction paragraph for my Macbeth essay as an example.<br />You can see that for my hook I defined a key term, Masculinity. You can not simply say according to the dictionary masculinity is….. But you must elaborate and make a point for your essay. It has to be tied in with your essay and not leave your readers thinking, “ok why do I need to know that?”<br />Next I gave some background information about what the masculine and feminine traits were according to Shakespeare.<br />To sum up my introduction paragraph I answered the prompt.<br />
  8. 8. bibliography<br />Slide 1 is from pg1 of Mrs. Gerlach’s introduction lecture notes.<br />Slide 4 is from pg 1 and 3 of Mrs. Gerlach’s Thesis lecture notes<br />Slide 5 is from my Macbeth essay<br />

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