Writing an Introduction and Conclusion

So, You Want to Do an Intro and Conclusion?

Introduction Paragraphs!
Introduction to the introductions:All right, beyond fulfilling some teacher requirement, why do we need intro paragraphs anyway?Here’s my answer: Think about what they’re supposed to do for your reader. In the intro, the reader is introduced not only to your basic subject, but to any necessary background that “sets the stage” for the reader to hear your argument and presentation of evidence. Without that intro, we feel like we’ve basically been dropped into the middle of an argument with no clue how we got there.
Step 1: Write an interesting first sentence. This sentence can be any of the following:  

  • An intriguing question that gets to the heart of the central issue about which you’re writing OR
  • A bold statement that encourages the reader to read more.

 

Step 2: Include the author’s name and the title of the work.  

  • “Quote” shorter works like poems;
  • Underline longer works like plays, novels, and movies.
Step 3: Give background information or necessary context about the FIRST point you will be making in your thesis.
Step 4: Give background info. / necessary context about the SECOND point you will be making in your thesis
Step 5: Give background info/necessary context about the THIRD point you will be making in your thesis.
Step 6: Now write your THESIS. Make sure your thesis contains the following:

  • The author’s point
  • HOW she or he made you understand what that point was.

 

 

Conclusion Paragraphs!
Introduction to the conclusion:All right, beyond fulfilling some teacher requirement, why do we need conclusion paragraphs anyway?Here’s my answer: Think about what they’re supposed to do for your reader. The conclusion allows you to restate the most important insights you provided for your reader during the essay. They allow the reader to focus on what you felt was genuinely important to say.
Step 1: Include the author’s name and the title of the work.  

  • “Quote” shorter works like poems;
  • Underline longer works like plays, novels, and movies.

 

Step 2: Reflect on why your FIRST point is relevant or important to today’s society, why people should care about it, or why we should read this work.   
Step 3: Reflect on why your SECOND point is relevant or important to today’s society, why people should care about it, or why we should read this work.
Step 4: Reflect on why your THIRD point is relevant or important to today’s society, why people should care about it, or why we should read this work.

Now you’re done!

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