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Effective Introductions and conclusions

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Effective Introductions and Conclusions The introduction and conclusion can either increase or decrease the effectiveness of a paper. An introduction can hook the reader or leave the reader without a desire to continue reading. A conclusion can be memorable, giving the reader something to think about, or leave the reader unsure of your arguments. Introductions Purposes of Introductions Besides attracting a reader’s attention, an introduction can serve one or all of the following purposes: Provide background information Define unfamiliar terms Introduce the purpose of the paper Present a thesis statement or argument about the paper’s topic Preview the main points of the thesis Provide a brief summary of the topics the paper discusses Different Types of Introductions You can write an introduction in a number of ways; for example, suppose you were writing a paper opposing smoking in public places. You could compose one of the following types of introductions: Tell a story or anecdote : Share a personal story or a story you have read about a person who died because of exposure to secondhand smoke. Provide a startling statistic : Last year, approximately 3,400 adult non-smokers died from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke.
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