Earlier on we have seen the components of an introduction paragraph which include opening sentence which may contain anecdote, quotation or generalization. The explanation is followed with clear thesis statement
The introductory paragraph can also provide background information that is necessary for the reader to appreciate the writer’s position. This information can be scientific, historical, cultural, or even personal. Use this kind of introduction when you know there are things that the reader needs to know about your topic (but doesn’t’) in order to “get” your thesis statement.
Do not do the following in introductory paragraphs
Don’t repeat the same idea several different ways.
Don’t confess your ignorance about the subject. If you discredit yourself, the reader will wonder why he or she should read what you wrote.
Your introduction may actually be the last part of your essay that you finish even though it is first on the page. Don’t spend a lot of time on the introductory paragraph when you first start writing your essay. Your introductory paragraph is specifically crafted to introduce the rest of your essay. Because of that, it is hard to write an effective introductory paragraph until you finish the rest of the essay.
The opponent’s argument: Usually, you should not assume that your reader has read or remembered the argument you are refuting. Thus at the beginning of your paragraph, you need to state, accurately and fairly, the main points of the argument you will refute.
This is the first paragraph. It should have 3 or maximum of 5 sentences. This is the determining factor that will make your readers enjoy your essay. Give brief information about the topic you are writing on. It should contain a thesis statement and a mini-outline. A thesis statement should be in the last sentence where you create the focus of the whole essay. Basically, the thesis statement is your tagline for the essay and the draw line of the Introduction.
It’s pretty obvious that a 5-essay paragraph should contain five elements: introduction, 3 body paragraphs and conclusion element.
A good paragraph should contain at least the following four elements: Transition, Topic sentence, specific Evidence and analysis, and a Brief wrap-up sentence (also known as a warrant) –TTEB!
You know your introduction needs a clear thesis statement. But what else do you put in the paragraph? To answer that question, think about the purpose of an introduction:
Think of it this way. As the writer of an essay, you're essentially a lawyer arguing in behalf of a client (your thesis) before a judge (the reader) who will decide the case (agree or disagree with you). So, begin as a lawyer would, by laying out the facts to the judge in the way you think it will help your client best. Like lawyers in court, you should make an "opening statement," in this case, an introduction. Then review the facts of the case in detail just as lawyers question witnesses and submit evidence during a trial. This process of presentation and cross-examination is equivalent to the "body" of your essay. Finally, end with a "closing statement"—that is, the conclusion of your essay—arguing as strongly as possible in favor of your client's case, namely, your theme.
A. How to Write an Introduction. The introduction of a persuasive essay or paper must be substantial. Having finished it, the reader ought to have a very clear idea of the author's purpose in writing. To wit, after reading the introduction, I tend to stop and ask myself where I think the rest of the paper is headed, what the individual paragraphs in its body will address and what the general nature of the conclusion will be. If I'm right, it's because the introduction has laid out in clear and detailed fashion the theme and the general facts which the author will use to support it.
The second paragraph should contain the second strongest argument of your topic. Give your second best illustrations and examples. The same orders with the first paragraph mention the topic in the first or second sentence. This topic should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. The last sentence in this paragraph should also create a certain magnetic feeling to tie into the third paragraph of the body.
The paragraph containing the weakest arguments, weakest illustrations and a follow-up from the second paragraph. You may exhaust all your weakest arguments and illustrations that back them up in this paragraph. The topic for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. This topic should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.
This resource outlines the generally accepted structure for introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions in an academic argument paper. Keep in mind that this resource contains guidelines and not strict rules about organization. Your structure needs to be flexible enough to meet the requirements of your purpose and audience.