A brief intro to introduction paragraphs

Writing it Out

Let's introduce ourselves to strong introductory paragraphs. Image courtesy of quickanddirtytips.com Let’s introduce ourselves to strong introductory paragraphs. Image courtesy of quickanddirtytips.com

By Grace Bonde, Sophomore Writing Coach

The school year is almost winding down to a close, and right now most students are focused on struggling through the upcoming weeks of testing, doing homework when it’s finally nice outside, and the end of the year finals. Even though many of us are thinking about wrapping things up, I would like to go back to the beginning…of our papers! More specifically, the opening sentence, or lead, that introduces your audience to the rest of the paper.

Introduction paragraphs are hard to write. I believe we can all agree on that. They take a lot of creativity and have to be created anew for every written assignment. There is no easy formula for writing an interesting lead that sets the tone for the rest of the work. Leads, unlike the structure of…

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