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The Introductory Paragraph

The introduction

1. Hook - Big Idea – gently introduces your reader into the world of your essay, can be one or two

2. (see above).

3. ‘Welcomes’ the reader with a general statement that engages their interest or that they can
agree with (don’t discuss the topic too specifically yet—can be one or two sentences).

4. (see above).

5. Provides some historical information or background information. Can be one or two sentences.

6. (see above).

7. Sets the scene for the discussion in the body of the essay, -- this is a good place to mention
the author and the novel.

8. (Mentions type of novel and why genre may affect this essay, if it does).

9. Bring in the character and builds up to the thesis statement by presenting the topic more
specifically and connecting it to the character, novel, and author (see above)

10. Prepares the reader for the thesis statement and your argument or case, but does not
introduce points of argument (possible second sentence bridging above to the thesis).

11. Concludes with the thesis statement.

12. Thesis statement can be broken into two for clarification if needed.


In preparing the reader for the thesis statement, there are many approaches in writing an introduction that
can be taken. The following are just a few:

 Provide historical background,

 Outline the present situation,

 Define terms,

 State the parameters of the essay,
 Discuss assumptions,

 Present a problem.

Introduction goes from the broad/generalities of the readers’ real life world to the specific
argument of your thesis . . .

Thesis statement is the narrowest point of
your essay