Introductory Strategies


The purpose of using an intro strategy is to grab the reader’s attention. It should be how each introductory paragraph begins. There are several strategies that can be used alone or combined. This list of contains the most common intro strategies.

1. A rhetorical question: this is the use of a question that allows the reader to think about possible answers. It should not be a question that can easily be answered with a “yes” or “no”.

2. Provide a vivid detailed description: a dramatic, suspenseful, or mysterious description of an event or personality.

3. Begin with a quotation: the quotation can relate to a theme in the literary work you are writing about; the writer or speaker of the quote also needs to be referenced.

4. Begin with an anecdote: a brief fictional story that illustrates a point; it should be relevant to the topic of the essay.

5. Begin with a startling fact: this fact can be historical, societal, or statistical; verify that the fact is correct.

6. Use background information: any information that provides an explanation while maintaining the reader’s attention.

7. Make a direct statement: a sentence that states a point other than the thesis statement; it must also have relevance and a clear connection to the thesis statement.

8. Begin with a definition; this can be of an important term or idea that will be in the essay.

9. Start with a broad type and focus down to the specific aspect.

Once you have used one or more intro strategies in the introduction, you must link the information to the thesis statement. The introduction cannot only have a strategy and a thesis statement. The sentences in between the strategy and thesis must be clearly connected.

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