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How to write a good introduction?

An introduction to an essay usually has three primary purposes:

  1. To set the scene

  2. To tell readers what is important, and why

  3. To tell the reader what the essay is going to do (signposting)

A standard introduction includes the following five elements:

  • A statement that sets out the topic and engages the reader.

  • The background and context of the topic.

  • Any important definitions, integrated into your text as appropriate.

  • An outline of the key points, topic, issues, evidence, ideas, arguments, models, theories, or other information, as appropriate. This may include distinctions or contrasts between different ideas or evidence.

  • A final sentence or two which tells the reader your focal points and aims.

Leave your questions regarding writing introductions in your comments below.

Amalia B.

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