You may have a ground-breaking idea to share with the world, but if you can't engage readers within the first few sentences, your ideas may be lost. Finally, ask a thought-provoking question. By following my three simple steps, you can take your writing to the next level and assure that readers are interested in what you have to say. As always, don't forget to cite your statistic for authenticity. Again, success for our young Romeo.
. We often focus the majority of our attention on the body of an essay, neglecting a quality introduction as either just a few necessary rushed sentences or an afterthought to be filled in later. Finally, the last goal of the introduction is to let the audience know that the body of the speech has begun. Perhaps the audience will know of your credentials before you begin speaking, whether through a separate introduction of you as a speaker or through your reputation on your topic. So there you have it, folks.
A report simply compiles a bunch of information on a particular topic and presents that information to the readers without a unique take on the topic. Romeo would do well to remember this when he's tempted to snap a picture of the luminous Laurie slurping her spicy spaghetti. It makes me feel sick and worthless' qtd. See what Romeo did there? Three simple steps for writing a quality introduction for your next essay: introduction sentence, bridge sentences, and thesis statement. It scares me and takes away all my confidence.
Video: Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Typically, the preview of the speech will come near the end of the introduction. An author never gets a second chance to capture the attention of his or her reader. Because of this is, your introductions and conclusions always need to be exceptional. Remember, it's crucial that your thesis be the last sentence of the introduction, and it's arguable. As a reader I may not know what this particular girl went through, but I can certainly feel for her situation. During his research, Romeo came across the story of a teenage girl whose boyfriend posted an embarrassing picture of her online, and when asked how that made her feel, she responded, 'It makes me hurt both physically and mentally.
We live in a time when most everyone has immediate access to a camera through our cell phones, and therefore the ability to instantly publish a picture for the world to see. All that is required is just a few lines dedicated to outlining the main points that will be discussed in your speech. His bridge expands on the idea of the attention getter to bring readers to the thesis, which lays out the direction of his entire essay. Also, a good quote by a known author will enhance your credibility. Lesson Objective After watching this lesson, you should be able to construct an engaging introductory paragraph of an essay using an introduction sentence, bridge, and thesis statement. After gathering his sources and taking notes, the time comes to draft an introduction. The attention getter is the first thing your readers encounter, and your job as a writer is to capture their attention and make them want to keep reading.
However, I'm here to tell you that's a mistake. Romeo chose to use a statistic to begin his most recent essay. However, if you select a few really startling statistics that illustrate your point, they can be quite effective. By telling a good joke early in the speech, you not only build your rapport with the audience, you also motivate to listen with the promise of more humor. A great way to capture the readers' attention is to make the content of your writing relatable to the reader.
That could mean asking them a question rhetorical or otherwise , asking them to do something physical raise their hands, close their eyes , or asking them to think about something related to your speech. Any longer, and you are taking valuable time away from the body of the speech. The sentence or two between these are identified as, no coincidence, the bridge. He captured the attention of his audience and led them to the idea of dating in the age of social media by introducing the modern ability to instantly post information online. How about posing the question: 'Could there be a deep psychological need within us to boost our own confidence by putting other people's down? If you use too many statistics, perhaps, it could be problematic. We know he'll address the dangers and consequences of posting online as well as the importance of maintaining a positive reputation in cyber space.
The Thesis Statement Now all that is left for Romeo to complete a quality introduction is to identify the argument and direction of his essay, otherwise known as the thesis. Typically, if a quotation has stood the test of time, it offers some sort of humor or insight that will interest the audience. I can assure you that: 'My paper is about dating and social media' neither gets my attention nor does it make me want to read further. Just like 'My paper is about dating and social media' won't work as an attention getter, simply asking the question 'Have you ever heard of dating in the age of social media? Not only does this thesis present an arguable take on the subject, readers can see the main idea of each body paragraph in Romeo's essay. Screen writers realize that their audiences put a lot of stock into first and last impressions.