Your introduction is the first impression your paper will make on its reader. It should be interesting, to the point, and it should outline the body of your essay. Not only will this outline guide your reader; it will guide you too.
First thing’s first… let’s discuss the structure of your introductory paragraph:
Hook: the hook is the first sentence of your introduction and the first sentence of your essay. MAKE IT COUNT. Some people like to ask a question as their hook, while others give a fact or a statement.
Thesis: the thesis is the part of your introduction that tells readers what your entire paper is about. It’s like a topic sentence on steroids; it doesn’t just give the reader the overall topic of your essay, but the topics of each of your body paragraphs.
Roadmap: After your readers know what you are about to tell them, you will present your main points. The topics of each body paragraph should be mentioned in the order you will mention them in your paper. This creates a road map which guides the readers through your paper.
Writers use all sorts of ‘hooks’! They can be anything from music lyrics, to shocking facts, to jokes or funny stories. It really depends on how you’d like to connect with your readers!
This week, do some research on ‘hooks’ for writers. In your submission, remind us of your expository essay topic from Week 4, and explain the type of ‘hook’ that you could (or did!) use. Then explain why you chose it, and how it gets the attention of your readers
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