Introduction Strategies

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Introductory paragraph strategies to grab the readers' attention and make them want to read the rest of the essay.

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Introduction Strategies:

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Introductions are like doors…:

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Introductions can be eye-catching:

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Introductions make a first impression :

Introductions make a first impression Click for next 

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Good introductions make the reader want to read an essay. Click for next 

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Bad introductions (weak, brief, or boring) make the reader want to stop reading. l Click for strategies 

Background Information / History:

Background Information / History Introduction Strategy #1 Click for next 

Background Information / History:

Background Information / History I lived on a small pig farm in North Carolina from birth until I was 18 years old. My family owned between 40 to 60 pigs at any time. I was so used to being around pigs that I never noticed the smell or the noise. Therefore, I was surprised when living with two roommates began to bother me… Click for next 

Background Information / History:

Background Information / History Arranged marriages are a tradition among Indian people. Even today, parents begin seeking appropriate mates for sons and daughters in their late teens. Modern parents do not force marriage upon their children, unlike the past. Fifty years ago, many women met their husbands on the wedding day. While arranged marriage seems old fashioned, it may be a good solution to the soaring divorce rate.  Thesis l Click for next 

Share an Anecdote, or brief story:

Share an Anecdote , or brief story Introduction Strategy #2 Click for next 

Share an Anecdote:

Share an Anecdote When I was seven years old, I remember visiting Marineland park at Niagara Falls, wondering how such a big whale could be happy in such a small pool… Click for next 

Share an Anecdote:

Share an Anecdote Last week, one of my nephews asked me how I always know what to do in every situation. I laughed at his question because I rarely feel sure I am doing what’s right. However, an event that occurred two years ago taught me what not to do with a handgun… l Click for next 

Surprising Statement:

Surprising Statement Introduction Strategy #3 Click for next 

Surprising Statement:

Surprising Statement If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime… Click for next 

Surprising Statement:

Surprising Statement A 12 ounce jar of peanut butter can have up to 90 insect fragments and be considered safe for consumption by FDA standards. A 12-ounce can of tomato juice with 10 maggots in it is also considered safe for consumption by the FDA. Click for next 

Surprising Statement:

Surprising Statement No American has died of old age since 1951… Click for next 

Surprising Statement:

Surprising Statement Gummy bears are actually meat. Many “gummy” candies consist mostly of gelatin, a substance made from collagen in cow or pig bones, hooves, and connective tissues… l Click for next 

Use a Description :

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Use a Description :

Use a Description As we looked into the house, a narrow beam of sunlight shined through layers of paint smeared on the windows. Walking across the floor was treacherous due to exposed needles, used toilet paper and condoms. An extension cord used for stealing electricity from neighbors dangled out a back window… Click for next 

Use a Description :

Use a Description My grandma’s house had gold carpeting and always smelled like cinnamon, roses, and Pine-Sol cleaner. The shine and crinkle of plastic furniture covers welcomed visitors to the living room. But the best part was her well-stocked kitchen, filled with snacks we loved… Click for next 

Use a Description :

Use a Description As the fire alarm began to scream through the building, I could see my co-worker’s mouths moving but the siren drowned out their words. Then the nauseating odor of natural gas flooded the room. The building was not on fire, not yet anyway… l Click for next 

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question:

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question Introduction Strategy #5 Click for next 

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question:

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question How accurate are movie depictions of prison life? Click for next 

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question:

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question When does free speech become slander? Click for next 

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question:

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question Should the gay rights movement be viewed in the same light as the civil rights movement? Click for next 

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question:

Why would a woman seek incarcerated men to “date”? Ask a Thought-Provoking Question Click for next 

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question:

Why would anyone push a dirty needle through several layers of skin to inject a potentially fatal substance into his veins? Ask a Thought-Provoking Question Click for next 

Ask a Thought-Provoking Question:

Should people be concerned about those unpronounceable ingredients in their food? Ask a Thought-Provoking Question Click for next 

WARNING:

WARNING The question is not the ENTIRE introduction . You must explore the topic for 3-4 sentences after you ask the question so readers understand why answering the question is important. Click for next 

Intro = more than the question:

Intro = more than the question How accurate are movie depictions of prison life? Anyone who has been in a prison can answer this question easily: less than 50% accurate. Dramatic violence, escape plans, sadistic guards, and black market trade happen, but not at the rate depicted in films. Repeated days of slow routines that dull the inmates’ minds are not exciting, but inactivity is the real punishment in prison. Most prison movies fail to portray prison life accurately. Thesis statement Click for next 

Intro = more than the question:

Intro = more than the question Why would anyone push a dirty needle through several layers of skin to inject a potentially fatal substance into his veins ? The answer is simple: addiction. Addicts do not weigh options or consider consequences. They do not act rationally because addiction controls their brain processes. Clearly, addiction is more than poor choices; it is a disease affecting many systems. Thesis statement Click for next 

Intro = more than the question:

Intro = more than the question Should people be concerned about those unpronounceable ingredients in their food? After all, food manufacturers must follow FDA standards, so foods should be safe to eat. However, many processed foods have little “food” in them. If consumers truly understood what processed foods contained, they might not eat these foods at all. Thesis statement l Click for next 

Provide a Series of Examples :

Provide a Series of Examples Introduction Strategy #6 Click for next 

Provide a Series of Examples:

Provide a Series of Examples My uncle, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, helped his fellow soldiers by sharing his rations. My father, a retired Marine, faced hostile enemies in the Middle East. In my own fight against cancer, I drew strength from what my family had to overcome, but that wasn’t enough. Click for next 

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Lisa Keene was forced to buy two airline seats for herself on a Southwest Airlines flight. Roger Adamson can no longer step onto a city bus. Linda Schwartz worries that if she falls, she will not be able to get up again… Provide a Series of Examples Click for next 

Provide a Series of Examples:

My wife and I argue about money. Friends never seem to have the money they owe me. Companies are laying off employees due to lack of funds. Even the government is in debt… Provide a Series of Examples l Click for next 

Use a Unique Definition :

Use a Unique Definition Introduction Strategy #7 Click for next 

Use a Unique Definition: :

Use a Unique Definition: When most people think about a “ hustler ,” they imagine someone involved in a dishonest activity. However, being a hustler does not necessarily mean stealing or committing crimes. Hustling can involve intelligent and fair business decisions… Click for next 

Use a Unique Definition: :

Use a Unique Definition: People often say they are “ depressed ” without truly understanding what it means. Being depressed is more than sadness, disappointment, or not feeling happy. Depression takes a step beyond feeling “down” into a lack of control over thoughts and emotions… l Click for next 

Share a Quote :

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Share a Quote :

“Do not have sex; you will get pregnant and die.” This line spoken by Coach Carr in the movie Mean Girls presents a common logical fallacy called the “either-or” fallacy. Having sex may lead to a variety of outcomes, not just pregnancy and death… Share a Quote Click for next 

Share a Quote :

Share a Quote “Would you like a large for only 50 cents more?” As this choice is given to consumers all over the country, people agree to purchase much more than they need because the larger size is a “bargain.” Click for next 

Share a Quote :

My grandmother used to say, “If you have one good and true friend in life you have more than most.” As an elementary school kid with a playground full of friends, I remember thinking that she was crazy to be thankful for only one friend. However, as I moved from school to the working world, I found myself with fewer and fewer real friends…. Share a Quote Click for next 

Share a Quote :

Share a Quote Woody Allen once said that “80% of success is simply showing up, ” and he seems to be correct. Employers favor employees who are present and available at all times. Today’s employees are able to show up physically and virtually 24 hours a day. l Click for next 

Remember…:

Remember… Regardless of which strategy you use, make your introduction enticing and inviting to your reader! Click for next 

Now, what NOT to do in an introductory paragraph::

Now, what NOT to do in an introductory paragraph: AVOID the following… Click for next 

#1: Apology:

# 1: Apology What NOT to do in an introductory paragraph: Click for next 

Do NOT Apologize:

Do NOT Apologize Never suggest that you don't know what you're talking about or that you're not enough of an expert in this matter that your opinion would matter. Click for next 

Do NOT Apologize:

Avoid phrases like the following: In my [humble] opinion . . . I'm not sure about this, but . . . I could be wrong, but… I did not really understand the assignment, but… I didn’t know what to write about, so I thought… Do NOT Apologize Click for next 

#2: Announcement:

#2: Announcement What NOT to do in an introductory paragraph: Click for next 

Do NOT Announce your intentions:

Do NOT Announce your intentions Avoid statements like the following: “In this paper I will discuss. . .” “The purpose of this essay is to . .” “I plan to prove to you…” Click for next 

#3: Obvious Definition :

#3: Obvious Definition What NOT to do in an introductory paragraph: Click for next 

Do NOT use an obvious definition:

Do NOT use an obvious definition Never quote a dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopedia. If your reader wants to know what the dictionary says, he/she will consult the dictionary. Click for next 

Do NOT use an obvious definition:

Avoid statements like the following: “According to Webster's WWWebster.com Dictionary,” “Webster’s defines obscene as…” “Encyclopedia Britannica says…” Do NOT use an obvious definition Click for next 

#4: Obvious Statement:

#4: Obvious Statement What NOT to do in an introductory paragraph: Click for next 

Do NOT Make an obvious statement:

Do NOT Make an obvious statement Avoid making statements that everyone already knows. A car is a machine that transports people from place to place. No two people are alike. Everyone is different. Everyone has a different opinion about… Click for next 

Do NOT Make an obvious statement:

Do NOT Make an obvious statement Avoid making statements that everyone already knows. Relationships are different depending upon who is in them. Bowling is a sport that many people enjoy. Not everyone is in good physical shape. Click for next 

#5: Clichés:

#5: Clichés What NOT to do in an introductory paragraph: Click for next 

Do NOT use Clichés:

Do NOT use Clichés AVOID Clichés: “Don’t judge a book by its cover” “Be yourself” “In the world today” “They say that” “In the world we live in” “In the old(en) days” “Back in the day…” Click for next 

#6: “Have you ever…”:

#6: “Have you ever…” What NOT to do in an introductory paragraph: Click for next 

Do NOT ask “Have you ever…?” :

Do NOT ask “Have you ever…?” AVOID obvious questions: “Have you ever been faced with an important decision?” “Have you ever felt frustrated about a situation?” “Have you ever been lied to?” “Have you ever felt alone?” Click for next 

THE WORST OPENING LINE EVER…:

THE WORST OPENING LINE EVER… What NOT to do in an introductory paragraph: Click for next 

NEVER USE:

NEVER USE “In today’s society” “In society today” Simply say “Today…” u Click for next 

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