You never get a second chance to make a first impression. According to the 11th handout in the 24-part Writing the Paper series, that's why writing a strong introduction is so important. The handout offers strategies for crafting effective introductions and also includes information on styles to avoid.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Review introductions from different articles or essays and rate them based on their effectiveness and ability to engage readers
  • Have writers craft three to four introductions for a paper, and then choose the best one
Classroom Considerations
  • Print double-sided and skip the final page (it's mostly blank) to save paper
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes sample sentences to illustrate the strategies mentioned
  • Links to a handout on conclusions to help with multiple aspects of the writing process
  • Spends more time and offers more examples of less effective introductions than giving examples of good ones
Common Core