Developing a Great Introduction withIn this thread we focus on the introduction paragraph--the first and therefore one of the most important elements of your paper.
Your Thesis Statement
7 Strategies for Your Introduction
The video below introduces you to seven strategies for writing an effective introduction paragraph, one which captures your reader's interest and introduces the thesis statement. The seven strategies are:
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Simple as That: Designing an Effective Thesis Statement
After your prewriting activities--such as assignment analysis and outlining--you should be ready to take the next step: writing a thesis statement. Although some of your assignments will provide a focus for you, it is still important for your college career and especially for your professional career to be able to state a satisfactory controlling idea or thesis that unifies your thoughts and materials for the reader.
Characteristics of an Effective Thesis
A thesis consists of two main parts: your overall topic and your position on that topic. Here are some example thesis statements that combine topic and position:
When writing your thesis, be sure to use direct language and avoid the "announcement" thesis that uses phrases like "In this paper, I will . . . " or "This paper will focus on . . . ." To learn more, check out this link: Avoid Announcement Statements.
Choose one of the seven strategies for the introduction paragraph and use it to write an effective introduction for the project you are currently working on.
Be sure to add your paper's thesis as the last sentence of your introduction paragraph.
Post your completed introduction to this thread by copying and pasting it into your reply. To facilitate feedback, please avoid posting your intro paragraph as an attachment.