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Unformatted text preview: Axia College Material Effective Introductions and Conclusions The introduction and conclusion may either increase or decrease the effectiveness of a paper. An introduction may hook the reader or leave the reader without a desire to continue reading. A conclusion may be memorable, providing the reader with something to think about, or leave the reader unsure of your arguments. Introductions Purposes of Introductions Besides attracting a readers attention, an introduction may 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 papers topic Preview the main points of the thesis Provide a brief summary of the topics the paper discusses Different Types of Introductions You may write an introduction in a number of ways; for example, suppose you were writing a paper opposing smoking in public places. You might 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 nonsmokers died from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke....
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2012 for the course ENGLISH sn34 taught by Professor Bonewell during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.
- Spring '10