Target 5-Writing the introduction

The Introduction to your essay guides the reader. It is like a map. It tells the reader

how you plan to develop your topic. The topic sentences you develop from the general

ideas in your concept map or outline can be summarized in the introduction

compare to these two Introductions.

INTRODUCTION

Weak Introduction

In my opinion, physical education is important. It’s better for children

to have it than not

Strong Introduction

Physical education is an important part of every child’s education in

the first place, children learn better if they spend part of each day

getting some physical exercise. Additionally. physical education

teaches children important skills such as teamwork. Also, it contributes

to their overall physical and mental health.

The first introduction tells us the writer’s opinion, but not much about it. Why does the

writer feel this way? We need to know the reasons for the opinion so that we can be

ready to follow the supporting details in the body of the essay.

 The second introduction outlines three specific reasons why the writer thinks physical

education is important. We can expect that each paragraph in the body of the essay

will explain one of these reasons more thoroughly. We will be able to follow the

writer’s ideas because we know what to look for as we read. These reasons (or General

ideas) provide a focus to the paragraph. They guide the reader.

Thesis                    Physical education is important.

General Idea         It helps children learn better.

General Idea       It teaches important skills.

General Idea        It contributes to physical and mental health

INTRODUCTION 2

Weak Introduction

Art museums are public places and should be funded by the

government

Strong Introduction

I don’t agree that art museums should be funded by private instead

of public money. It is difficult to raise enough private money to run a

museum well. In addition, charging high entrance fees will keep many

people away from museums. Most importantly, art is a valuable part of

the culture and should receive support from society as a whole through

government funding.

With the first introduction, the reader knows what the writer believes, but not why.

The second introduction gives detailed reasons to support the writer’s opinion, and

the reader can expect to read about these reasons in the body of the essay.

Thesis                Art museums should be funded with public money.

General Idea    It’s difficult to raise private money.

General Idea    High entrance fees keep people away.

General idea      Art is a valuable part of the culture

PRACTICE

Read de following introductions Tell the topic of the essay and what the general idea or focus 

of each paragraph will be.

1 Many modern temples and training to this are better to have a parent at 

home to take care of the children rather than relying on a full–time babysitter or preschool. I agree that this is a good idea first no one can care for a child as well as his own 

parents. Parents also have to the fact that child care costs are very high Finally, it 

is my belief that family life is better when one of the prunes de ventes for him to

maintain the home and family

Topic………………………………..

General Idea………………………………

General Idea……………………………….

General Idea………………………………..

2 These days, people around the world use the Internet geen and information

There are both advantages and disadvantages to this situation. On the one and the

The Internet has many advantages because it provides instant access to huge amounts of

information that might be difficult to get otherwise. On the other hand, the interest

has certain problems, including the fact that much of the information you find it is

unreliable

Topic……………………………….

General Idea…………………………….

General Idea………………………………

3 People complain about the amount of violence on TV these days. While I do not enjoy

watching violent TV programs myself, I do not agree that there should be las regular-

ing violence on TV. In the first place, TV stations should be able to develop the types of

programs they want without any legal restrictions. In the second place, we are free to

decide which programs we want to watch and can easily choose to avoid any programs

we don’t like.

Topic…………………………………………

General Idea…………………………………….

General Idea…………………………………….

PRACTICE 2

 Read this topor Determine the last write your Press statement Do a concept map. Write

your Topic Bentleman You can have been hed and four copies sentences Then write the

Introduction to your cay Be sure you answer all parts of the topic

Some people believe that the best way to learn anything is “learning

by doing. “Others would rather learn through books and from teach-

ers. Think of learning a language. Which way do you think is a better

way to learn a language?

Task

Thesis Statement:

Concept Maps Use a separate sheet of paper to draw a web concept map if you need more

space

Topic Sentences:

1.1………………………………

1.2………………………………..

1.3…………………………………

1.4…………………………………..

Introduction:

Topic 2

in many parts of the world and throughout history, governments have

moved their capitals. Discuss the potential problems and benefits

Say whether you would be in favor of moving your capital?

This:

Thesis Statement

Concept Map: Use a separate sheet of paper to draw a web concept map if you need more

Space.

Topic Sentences:

2.1…………………………………………………………..

2.2……………………………………………………………

2.3……………………………………………………………….

Introduction:

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