Elements of a good introduction to an essay
Student typing an essay IntroductionIntroductions are an important part of any academic essay or report. They introduce readers to the topic being discussed and give the writer an opportunity to explain a) the topic about which they are writing and b) why they are writing about it. In addition, introductions enable the reader, within a few words, to make a decision as to whether or not they wish to continue reading.Listen to an audio overview of the learning object ObjectivesTo introduce you to five main elements considered to be the fundamental building blocks of writing introductions.To help you gain a deeper understanding of the importance of a good introductionTo give you practice in writing good introductions.
Activity 1: The purpose and function of an introductionAs mentioned above, introductions are fundamental to a good academic essay, report or research paper. Although its precise construction variesfrom genre to genre (and from essay to essay), good introductory paragraphsgenerally accomplish the same tasks and follow a few basic patterns. Others write the introduction first to figure out where they are headed.