How to make your research paper introduction paragraph shine

As you know, the introduction paragraph of any paper is what sets the tone and direction for the overall piece. A failed introduction will lead to a failed paper. Likewise, a successful introduction should lead to a successful paper. Setting the topic and tone early makes it easier to back your thesis, and write your argument well throughout the paper.

Creating your introduction includes a few simple steps. Following the steps below will make sure that your introduction prepares you to write the rest of your paper – and also prepares your reader to follow through with reading the entire piece. Many readers drop off after the first couple of paragraphs – and this is why it is so important to gain, and keep, their attention immediately. Otherwise, it simply won’t be read.

Introduction Paragraphs – Steps to Take to Write Effectively

  1. Create a thesis statement. Your thesis is your point. The entire point of your paper should be summed up in one sentence (in rare cases, two) to give the reader an idea of what your direction is as the paper progresses. Based on this sentence, you will format your ideas of support.
  2. Create an attention catcher: Attention grabbers are usually included in the very beginning of the introduction. They can easily establish interest and set the overall direction of the paper without being overly serious. Some ideas for attention catchers are compelling quotes, questions, or even literary excerpts or poems. Virtually any interesting information that will grab the attention of your reader.
  3. Create a points summary: You should quickly, in one or two sentences, be able to highlight what points you will make to back up your thesis. There is no need to explain the points in detail, because they will be explained and highlighted in detail later in the paper, but you need to highlight the fact that you will be providing accurate reasons why your thesis assertion is correct.

Once you have written your introduction paragraph, it is a good idea to review it separate from the rest of the paper. Having peers review it is helpful as well. Since thesis statements can often be difficult, the introduction review process can help determine if there are any fixes needed before you get too far in the writing process. Your thesis and introduction set the tone and relevance of your paper – you need to establish that they are credible and efficient early in the process.