- The first sentence should be short.
- Start with something unusual, fascinating, surprising,…
- Do not under any circumstances repeat the title!
- Keep it short – do not give too many details. But start broad and end narrow!
- Speak to the reader: Use “you” at least once.
- Write 1-2 sentences to articulating what the article covers / what the topic is about.
- Write 1-2 sentences to explaining why the article / the topic is important.
- Refer to a concern or problem your readers might have.
- Be careful: Do not tell stories!
- Convince the reader that your essay is worth reading.
- Tips inspired by: “how to write a good introduction” – the Writing Center @ MSU
- How to Write an Essay Introduction -www.wikihow.com
Examples – Don’t do that!!
“With this essay I’ll try to bring some clarity to you about that topic.”
- Do not tell me what you are going to do!
“This specific conflict called The Troubles is the thing this essay is about.”
- Refer to a concern or problem your readers might have – even better: Ask a question!
“Have you ever wondered what “The Troubles” was?”
- Er, no. Do not start like that. Do not blurt it straight out like that.
“I will give you a short summary about what happened…”
- Thanks, but… no. Refer to a concern or problem your readers might have – even better: Ask a question!
“ Do you know the violent thirty-year conflict in Northern Ireland? […] Each country has its own history, they learned from their mistakes, for example like the past in Germany, when the Berlin Wall was.”
- Tip 4!
- 5 Easy Ways to Write an Irresistible Introduction -www.wordstream.com
- Here’s How to Write an Introduction (with Examples and Tips) – www.grammarly.com