Consider who your readers are and relate to them in a relevant manner. If your audience is a group of middle-school students, you might tickle their fancy with a comical opening about your school dance fiasco: “My enthusiasm for the school dance suddenly turned to horror when I realized the pants I wore weren’t designed for doing splits.” Readers see and hear your narrative when you use direct quotations. Our family’s peaceful sleep swiftly turned into a terrifying nightmare when an unrelenting fire swept through our home last summer." Paint a picture with words, and your readers will instantly visualize the scene and make a connection.
They also get an inside glimpse into the feeling and emotion of your story. Include sensory details that establish a sense of time and place.
The introduction should be designed to attract the reader's attention and give him/her an idea of the essay's focus.
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The introduction should start with a general discussion of your subject and lead to a very specific statement of your main point, or thesis.
Sometimes an essay begins with a "grabber," such as a challenging claim, or surprising story to catch a reader's attention.
Stephanie Wong Ken holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University.
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It might also have a grabber about someone who survived a terrible accident because of an airbag.
The thesis would briefly state the main reasons for recommending airbags, and each reason would be discussed in the main body of the essay.