An introduction is the first chance a writer has to grab the reader's attention and make him/her keep reading. A writer has various ways to open, and it often depends on the tone and the writer when choosing an option. An introduction should also let the reader know what s/he will be reading and should provide some background statements if a complex topic will be discussed.
thesis statement is almost always found in the introduction.
In academic writing, you may want to begin with an assertive statement. For example: Drinking is a problem on college campuses across America. You would then want to follow up this statement with an anecdote, researched fact, quotation, or explanation. You can also vary this opening a bit, and begin the first line with a quotation instead, or an anecdote or fact. However, a narrative story's introduction typically jumps right into the story.
- Announce what you intend to prove or explain throughout the following essay in formulaic language.
- Write, "I think." We know the writer is the one thinking since s/he is the author.
- Define a word using the dictionary.
- "Clear your throat." Many writers warm up and write a few paragraphs when getting into an essay and then realize that the introductory graphs were distracting from the main point - thus, "clearing the writer's throat."
- Write broad statements in the opening lines to ease the reader into your topic.
- Try to generate reader interest through the use of striking images or strong words (when applicable).
- Lead into your thesis.
- Provide background for complex topics.