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Writing Effective Introductions and Conclusions Dr. Parrott Introductions Goals of Introduction: Engage reader Establish main point or focus Establish credibility Establish relevance Establish common ground Strategies for Writing Effective Introductions: Write it after you write the body. First drafts of conclusions often make effective intros Tell a compelling story relevant to the topic Provide an example or an exemplary scenario Discuss a problem or puzzling situation related to the topic Share surprising or interesting information related to the topic: o Data o Quote o Question o Misconception Preview the interesting/critical/challenging/misinterpreted information that will be examined Use a definition, but only if it is surprising, essential to understanding the topic, nuanced, or presents some sort of conflict Challenge commonly held beliefs Develop an analogy Make it proportional to length of essay Strategies to Avoid: Praising the reader Mentioning the assignment “In this essay I will…” “Since the beginning of time…” Providing too much or unnecessary background information
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