An essay introduction is the doorway into an essay. The word itself, ‘Introduction’ infers that there is a meeting that is happening. The meeting is between the reader or audience and the subject matter or content of the essay. The first thing that the Introduction does is to firmly and broadly establish the thesis or what the essay will be about. After this has grabbed the reader’s attention, there needs to be some information that will make the reader want to continue reading. To be effective and efficient the introduction needs to function like a microcosm of the whole essay.
Decide what you are going to discuss in your paragraphs and list those things in the introduction. If you leave the introduction of the separate points till the topic sentence of the content paragraphs alone then the reader may be lost in confusion and boredom. By telling a reader what you will be covering, the author ensures that the audience will read on.
Provide a dictionary meaning of the topic of the essay so that the reader knows from which point of reference you are arguing from. Don’t get too involved in words meanings here as it is only the introduction and you don’t need to get bogged down.
Decide therefore which of the main points will be covered first and compose a linking sentence which leads into that topic. Keep in mind that the opening paragraph sets the tone of the entire essay. It not only introduces the topic, but where you are going with it (the thesis).
Do a good job in the opening, and the reader is drawn into the “experience.” of the author. Put effort up front, and rewards are fully reaped. An example of an introduction to an essay on ‘Idealism’ is provided below. Note that there are three distinct topics about idealism which are mentioned in sentences five and six. These are what the individual paragraphs are about.
· Always brainstorm before you start writing
· Check spelling and grammar
· Write the introduction with the content of the essay in mind.