Are you presenting an overview or telling a story about the topic (narrative) or are you providing an analysis (expository)?
Do you have to convince the reader to adopt a certain point of view or to take a particular action (persuasive)?
The introduction also sets the tone for your essay, and you want to grab the reader’s attention with interest and clarity.
To capture the reader’s attention, you can make a challenging claim about the topic or present some surprising (but factual) information.
Does the mere thought of putting pen to paper – or fingers to the keyboard – send shivers down your spine?
Either way, your essay will have the same basic format.
You may find that you have questions about writing an essay that this site does not answer.
The body of the essay provide details for the points in your introductory paragraph that support your thesis.
Take the points you listed in your introduction and discuss each in one body paragraph.