Long Composition: Introduction
Attention Catcher, Bridge, and Thesis. At least 3 sentences, but better at 5 or more. Itdepends on the length of the essay and time allotted.
The introduction should be designed to
the reader’s attention and focus theattention on the main idea of the essay’s focus.1.
The introduction begins with an attention catcher which captures thereader’s attention and piques their curiosity.
A Startling StatementThis statement evokes the readers’ curiosity. They want to read on because they want to know whatyou’re talking about. Your statement should be sensibly connected to your thesis. If you use thistype of AC, follow it with a sentence or two of elaboration of further description, explanation, ordiscussion.AnecdoteAn anecdote is a very short story that illustrates a point. Be sure your anecdote is short, to the point,and relevant to your topic. This can be a very effective opener for your essay, but use it carefully.A Statement of IssueA few sentences explaining your topic in general terms can lead the reader gently to your thesis.Each sentence should become gradually more specific, until you reach your thesis.2.
If the attention catcher was only a sentence or two, add one or two more sentences thatwill lead the reader from your opening to your thesis statement.3.
Finish the paragraph with your thesis statement. The thesis shows that your introduction isover and states the main idea that you will supply evidence for. The thesis is basically the theme of your essay. It’s your opinion of an issue or idea. (Thesis = Issue + Opinion)