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How to Write an Engaging Essay Introduction

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Composing an engaging introductory paragraph is not easy. The introduction determines the reader's decision to make, whether to continue reading the entire essay or not. If the opening does not capture the reader's attention, then your time and energy on writing will be in vain. Here are tips for writing a successful introduction that captivates the audience's attention. 

 

Hook the reader

The introduction is usually at the beginning of an article. The first sentence of the paragraph is as important as the entire essay. The first sentence acts as a hook that attracts the reader's attention. However, you cannot use any statement or words to hook the reader, specifically recommended things you can do in beginning your paragraph. You can spark curiosity or use humor, which can form a creative and attractive hook. Also, a quote, question, or an anecdote can work well in developing a strong introduction. You can request 'research paper service' from reliable writing services for your assignments. Remember, whatever information you put in the first sentence is relevant to the subject-matter of the essay. The first sentence is usually short and precise. 

 

Give the context of the topic 

Another essential aim of the introduction is to give an insight into the topic. Before the reader continues to your essay's body paragraphs, he/she would want to know what the issue is about. After the hook, write at least two sentences to explain what your paper is about and why it is essential. In contextualizing your topic, provide background information to enable reader(s) adequately understand the subject. Also, in case of crucial but unfamiliar keywords, define the terms for an adequate understanding of the topic. You can provide facts about the subject based on previous studies. 

 

Develop a strong thesis statement

The introduction can provide as much information but will not be effective if it lacks the article's focus. After attracting the reader and giving information about the topic, you need to provide your stand on the subject. According to reliable services like PerfectEssay.com, a thesis statement provides your position on the issue and the focus of your arguments. The thesis sets the limits of your article and allows the reader to know how you will approach it. A thesis statement is usually less than two sentences and presents a debatable argument about the subject.

 

Keep it brief and do not repeat the headline. 

One of the common mistakes most students make is discussing everything in their introduction. Although there is no logical length for an opening, your paragraph should be brief and direct to the point. A longer introductory paragraph can bore the reader; mostly, the audience is impatient in reading the arguments. However, most scholars recommend a preceding section of about five sentences. Remember, it is not advisable to repeat the title in your introduction, but reinforce it with explanation or facts.

 

Write the introduction last.

Although the introduction is the first part of your essay, it is not necessary to compose it before other information. Writing an introduction to something that you've not written is challenging; you may end up giving arguments out of the thesis context. You can use the pre-written essay from credible writing services to learn how to construct a compelling introduction. It is ideal for writing the introductory paragraph last so that the reader reads what you've introduced. Also, remember to revise your introduction to ensure it connects with the claims about the subject-matter.

Writing a good introduction is quite challenging, especially when you do not understand the topic well. Understanding of the subject is very crucial to compose an engaging introduction with essential facts and explanation. The paragraph is very critical to determine if the reader will be interested in reading the article. 

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