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How to Write an Introduction


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z8hL4gpakM



Paragraph 1: Introduction

This contains, in this order, a hook, background information, thesis, and a map. The hook is a quote or a statistic or something that gets the reader's attention and compels the reader to want to read further. A hook is optional. Background information sets the overall context and gives the reader the issue at hand and perhaps the counterargument(s). Next is the one sentence thesis which is your position and your 3 reasons for that position. Lastly is the one sentence map of what comes next in the body.


Paragraph 2: Body Paragraph 1

This starts with a topic sentence which is a restatement of your first reason given in your thesis statement. If that sentence is not clear because of the vocabulary used or the vagueness of the statement, then clarify or elaborate as needed to foster clear communication. Next present a detailed example that illustrates the soundness or validity of that topic sentence.


Paragraph 3: Body Paragraph 2

This starts with a topic sentence which is a restatement of your second reason given in your thesis statement. If that sentence is not clear because of the vocabulary used or the vagueness of the statement, then clarify or elaborate as needed to foster clear communication. Next present a detailed example that illustrates the soundness or validity of that topic sentence.


Paragraph 4: Body Paragraph 3

This starts with a topic sentence which is a restatement of your third reason given in your thesis statement. If that sentence is not clear because of the vocabulary used or the vagueness of the statement, then clarify or elaborate as needed to foster clear communication. Next present a detailed example that illustrates the soundness or validity of that topic sentence.


Paragraph 5: Conclusion

This starts with a paraphrase of your thesis sentence--your position and your three reasons. Anything additional sentences after this should not introduce new information

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