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The Essay Introduction

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A key difference between a paragraph and an essay is that an essay begins with an introduction. The introduction serves the same purpose as the topic sentence. With the topic sentence, however, you make your point in the first sentence; in the introduction, you make your point in the last sentence.

The introduction should be several sentences long and the "topic sentence" - or "thesis statement" - is the final sentence.

The structure of an introduction is as follows. You have:

1) The Hook
A powerful, specific anecdote, statistic or quote that "hooks" your readers into reading the essay

2) The Transition
The sentence that moves from the quote or anecdote to your thesis statement

3) The Thesis Statement

This is a single sentence that tells the reader that your essay will include three specific reasons, findings, arguments, causes, effects, comparisons or contrasts.

So let's write your introduction.

Hook and Transition


Write the hook for your topic

Write the sentence that transitions from the hook to your thesis statement

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