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3 Great Introductory Paragraph Examples For Essays

First impressions count. Especially when writing essays, which demand the sustained attention of your audience in our modern “bite-size attention span” world. With a weak opening, even if your audience reads your entire work, their attention, interest, and goodwill will be marred. We’ve pulled together three great introductory paragraphs for essays that will inspire you to grab your reader from the get-go, and not let go ’til the last word.

Stories Seize: We relate to the human element in things on a visceral level, far more so than we do to facts and figures. Opening stories must always leave a touch of mystery, begging to be resolved, and compelling your reader to go on.

Judith Prekker, like millions of hardworking, single moms, made ends meet (somehow). On a late autumn morning, her car crunched up the gravel drive to the Vernon Hills Hospice. Her frail father had passed away in the early hours, mercifully, after a long battle. But Judith would now have to fight her own battle, against a faceless bureaucracy supporting a corrupt system.

Controversies Catch: No matter the position people hold, pro or con, divisive issues arrest our attention. But don’t be controversial for the mere sake of it. Be sure to credibly take a position in the debate that will earn you at least the respect, if not the agreement, of your audience.

It has taken the full three or four centuries since the Enlightenment for the majority of states to recognise, and protect, the human right to life. Far less successful has been the recognition and protection of the human right to death. We must now fight for that right, to die, as inalienable as the right to live.

Surprise! We delight in learning, particularly if facts we previously believed intuitively to be inviolable turn out to be flat-out-wrong, or at least more nuanced than we had known. Be careful, though, to challenge facts rather than beliefs. Most of us will strongly reject challenges to our core beliefs and values.

Planet Earth does not have a moon. To be clear: Earth certainly does have The Moon, but that moon is not alone. So indeed Planet Earth does not have a moon, but has moons. The biggest of these discovered so far (finding moons, even in our own backyard, is a surprisingly tricky task), is romantically named 3753 Cruithne.