How to write an introductory paragraph - SlideShare

An introductory paragraph is essential for every article that you write. Without an introduction, you can leave your reader feeling disoriented and confused, which means that they will, in turn, leave you and your article in order to go read something else that doesn’t make them feel that way. So what is a good introductory paragraph and what should it do?

Let’s take a look at an example of an introduction paragraph that shoves the reader into the paper:

An introductory paragraph is all about making a first impression; it is all about capturing your audience’s attention and getting them to read on to the rest of the essay. It does not matter if your paper is meant to be short or long, your introductory paragraph, which is the first paragraph, needs to be very entertaining. This first paragraph will consist of several sentences in which will mention all of the aspects that you will discuss throughout the remaining paragraphs in your paper. These sentences in the first paragraph are also meant to create the format for whatever your thesis statement may be. The thesis statement is the start of the rest of your paper. It is generally the last sentence of the introductory paragraph.


Below is an example of a sentence that might be included in an introductory paragraph: Patterns: The standard pattern for an introductory paragraphfollows the order of the tasks outlined above. Below is an outline of thatpattern, written as if it were the first section of a formal outline ofthe entire essay:

What is an Introductory Paragraph - Valencia College

What is the Function of an Introductory Paragraph?
Get the reader’s attention
Provide necessary background information
Shape the reader’s perspective
Present the thesis statement

What does an introductory paragraph usually contain?

Do be aware of what is expected by your reader. Some fields dismiss stories and anecdotes as irrelevant, for instance. And while one group of readers might think it boring to say: "This paper will discuss the topic of how to write an introductory paragraph"; another group of readers might not only expect you to be that blunt, but also might dismiss the writing as poor writing if such a sentence did not appear by the end of the introduction.Workshop Time (15-20 mins): Students return to their seats to write their own introductory paragraphs using a graphic organizer. This organizer is helpful because it reminds students what needs to be in an introduction paragraph, as well as provides space to write their paragraph. If students finish before the end of workshop time, they may read each others paragraphs and make corrections.Teach/Active Engagement (12-15 mins): The introductory paragraph can sometimes be very difficult to write. However, we can follow a format to make sure we write great introduction paragraphs to grab our reader and explain the purpose for our paper. An introduction paragraph has three main parts, an opening sentence, a lead in, and a thesis statement. Watch me as I write the three parts of my introduction paragraph about my topic, Abraham Lincoln.Reflection: Although this lesson is formulaic, it provides students with the necessary structure to correctly write an introductory paragraph. Many students lack the structure to write research papers and providing them with a structure will strengthen their writing skills. Eventually, the goal is to allow more freedom in their writing.