Then you might have one or more paragraphs that provide background on the main topics of the paper and present the overall argument, concluding with your thesis statement.
Below is a sample of an introduction that is less effective because it doesn’t apply the principles discussed above. Some people use math on the job as adults, and others used math when they were kids.
In the introduction above, the opening line does not serve to grab the reader’s attention.
Instead, it is a statement of an obvious and mundane fact. A more effective attention grabber may point out a specific, and perhaps surprising, instance when adults use math in their daily lives, in order to show the reader why this is such as important topic to consider.
Proper money management today involves knowing interest rates, balancing checkbooks, paying taxes, estimating my paycheck, and budgeting to make ends meet from month-to-month.
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Next the writer “announces” her topic by stating, “The topic I have chosen to write about…” Although it is necessary to introduce your specific topic, you want to avoid making generic announcements that reference your assignment.
This technique is not as sophisticated and may distract the reader from your larger purpose for writing the essay.
Every essay or assignment you write must begin with an introduction.
It might be helpful to think of the introduction as an inverted pyramid.