Answered By: James Whitmer
Last Updated: May 20, 2020     Views: 37

The most important functions of a successful introduction paragraph are it must present the topic to readers and inform them why it is worth reading about. An introduction paragraph is also usually funnel-like, in that it begins with a broad scope of the topic and then, with each sentence, gradually narrows its focus until it reaches the thesis statement. An introduction paragraph is traditionally structured as follows:

  1. Hook/attention-grabber: This first part piques the reader's curiosity by surprising them or arousing interest in the topic. It usually takes the form of a story, question, quote, startling fact, or vivid description.
  2. Context: This next part is all about informing the reader of why the topic is worth writing and reading about. For example, what is its history? Is there important background information a person needs to know to understand the rest of the essay? Why is the topic significant? In other words, to whom does it matter as well as why and how does it matter to them? Why should the reader care?
  3. Thesis: This last part captures the essence of the entire essay by clarifying to the reader what its purpose is and signals what kinds of arguments and/or information it will present. It's also important that the thesis be specific enough that its support can fit in the time and space that the essay allows.

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