How Do I Begin ?
Writing a GOOD Introduction For An Essay
When writing an introduction for your expository or persuasive essay,
Here are 5 methods and some tips that work to  "WOW" your readers and catch their interest.
Method #1:            Background Information
  • Works best for literary analysis papers
  • Provide general synopsis, overview of story, book, play you’re writing about
  • For non-literary papers, provide general information about your topic
  • You can include interesting facts, statistics, history about the topic
Method #2:            Anecdotal/Similar Story or Situation
  • Find a real life story (a narrative works well) that relates to your topic
  • Use famous or not so famous stories from the news, tv, magazines
  • Read the narrative or story and use a summary of it for your introduction
  • Use actual names and places and dates
Method #3:            Personal Experience
  • Tell about an experience in your own life that relates to the topic
  • Tell a story about someone you know (a friend, relative) who had an experience that relates to the topic
  • Important to give an honest account of what happened (use "I")
Method #4:            Your Thoughts/Opinions on the Issue
  • Give your personal feelings about the issue you are addressing
  • Tell exactly how you feel about the topic in a broad sense
  • Use "I" for this type of intro
  • example: if your topic is smoking, give your feelings about the idea of smoking
Method #5:            Creative Example/Hypothetical Situation
  • Create a possible scenario or story with "made-up" people, characters
  • Describe what "happened" or "can happen" to your character(s)
  • Relate the story you create to your topic
  • Admit in your intro that your situation is hypothetical, made-up
 Alternative Techniques to Begin Your Essay
•      Highlight a revealing quote from a character in a book or story
•      Cite a quote from a quotation dictionary which treats a key topic in your essay (check out www.quotations.com)
•      Make a play on words or refer to a well-known saying
•      Create a striking visual image or symbol
•      Select a line from a song or poem that relates to topic
•      Suggest an ingenious figure of speech
•      Narrate a typical, illustrative anecdote (see method #5 above)
•      State a startling statistic or fact
•      Intrigue your audience with an unexpected irony or paradox
•      Make an historical reference or literary allusion
•      Sketch a distinctive character portrait