Introduction Paragraphs

Introduction Paragraphs
Beginning a paper can be one of the most difficult parts of writing a paper. With a few
pointers, writing introduction paragraphs can be a breeze! An introduction paragraph
is the first paragraph of a paper. This paragraph serves as your first impression as a
writer. A well-written introductory paragraph should accomplish the following:
orient the reader to the subject matter
set the tone for the paper
make the audience want to read the paper
alert the reader to what they may encounter in the paper
When writing your introduction, it is important to make sure that you address the main
topic of the paper and provide relevant information that will help enhance the reader’s
experience. Introductions are typically 4-6 sentences long and may often include a
thesis statement. A thesis statement is a one or two sentence statement that
condenses main argument or analysis of the paper.
Example: strong introduction paragraph:
My father divorced us when I was in seventh grade. At that time, I was
going through what my mother called my "difficult stage" because my world
revolved around school, friends and boys, and "family" was often put on the
back burner. I was unprepared for the resulting family crisis; my father, the man
who nurtured my passion for art, literature and my love of languages, would no
longer be a part of my life. At the time, I thought that I could not go on. Now I
realize that my father's rejection, while extremely painful, gave me a resiliency
and strength of character that I did not previously know I possessed.
This introduction provides intriguing foreshadowing of what the writer may write about in
the rest of the paper in a brief, confident, and straightforward manner.
Do’s and Don’ts of Introductory Paragraphs
DO use a direct approach. Be confident in your writing!
DON’T leave room for confusion. A confusing introduction leads to a confusing paper.
DO briefly define simple concepts that may be seen in the paper.
DON’T be afraid to use humor or surprising facts when appropriate
DO end the introduction with a smooth transition into the body paragraphs.