Introduction Starting off right
Purpose of an Introduction Build interest for your reader Establish your tone or voice Preview the topic at hand State the thesis
Organization of Introduction Use the “inverted pyramid” structure Attention grabber Narrow the focus Thesis statement
So how do I start? Quote Question Acknowledgment of opposing opinion Interesting fact Definition or explanation of a term Basic background information about topic Then end with your THESIS!
Conclusion Ending on a strong note
How to write the conclusion… • “Touch back” • Restate the thesis • “Look to the future” • Expand your topic to the “bigger picture” • Make connections • “Get to the heart of it” • So what’s the point? • “Get ‘em with a ZINGER!” • End on a strong note • Don’t just stop writing
Conclusion Tips… When restating your thesis, don’t repeat it word for word; rephrase it Never introduce new information in a conclusion End on a strong note