Persuasive Essays - How to Write an Introduction

Persuasive Essays - How to Write an Introduction
When you write a persuasive essay, include these elements: firm format, clear topics, an open-ended question, and style
First, focus on format.

Include basic background information, such things as time and place. Are you writing about a current or historical issue? What kind of attention does the topic get in the media or other circles? What question does your topic raise? Who does this effect? Why?

State Your Three Topics

Next, clearly and briefly state three topics directly related to your argument. You will discuss these topics further in the body of your essay dedicating at least one paragraph for each topic.

Keep Your Reader Until the End

Write a pointed question. What are you arguing? How can you put it in an open-ended question that does not lead the reader to your position? Save your main argument until the end of your essay. Keep your reader's attention throughout the essay by having him wonder what you believe about the argument you've raised. That's the time to convince your reader of your point.

For example: If you are arguing that women in the military should not be placed in combat positions, ask something like this: Should the United States allow women to be placed in combat roles? More likely, your reader will want to keep reading your essay to find out your opinion.

Stay away from stating something like this: Women should not be placed in combat roles in the United States military. You are less likely to keep your reader's attention, especially if they disagree with your argument.

This takes care of the format of your introduction to your persuasive essay.

Add Style

How you write is the next item to focus on. Style grabs your reader's attention too! Think of it as the packaging to a present. A gift is much more intriguing when it's wrapped in a nice package.

When working with a student, I require him to include various items in his writing. Analyze your sentence structure. Do you start every sentence with the subject of the sentence? If so, vary them.

Regularly, start your sentence with a preposition, an adverb, a word ending in -ing, or a clause. And vary the length of your sentences. Write short sentences. After writing your paragraph, check to see if you have a sentence with five words or less. If you haven't written one, write a few. Varying sentence length grabs your reader's attention.

Also, spice your writing by varying including various types of words. Check off the following words-adverbs, strong verbs, quality adjectives or clauses that begin with- because, who, which or one of the following-when, while, where, as, since, if and although as you add them in your paragraph.

Additionally, feel free to write your introduction paragraph after you write the body of your essay. It might flow easier.

If your checklist is complete with all these items you have officially spiced up your introduction paragraph. And hopefully, you will notice your writing and your introduction has improved.

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