This style for writing an intro is exactly as it sounds: it funnels from broad to specific.
The funneling method starts broadly and then narrows down the time/place, any relevant key terms or historical information and then gives the reader your main point, or thesis statement.
Sometimes, the beginning isn’t the best place to start—at least when it comes to writing essays.
Composing a great first paragraph is important, but tackling it before your ideas are fully formed can lead to trouble. Instead, put it on the fast track to success with these four tips for writing compelling introductory paragraphs: Maybe you have the perfect anecdote in mind for your introduction, or maybe you’re experiencing the anguish of a stubbornly blank computer screen.
Twice in the past five years, voters in the Caribbean territory have favored the idea of statehood, yet a deep divide remains over the right course. (74 words) See how much stronger self-editing can make your introductory paragraph, just by cutting a few extra words?
The faster you can get to your interesting facts and your overall point, the more grateful (and impressed!
It should hint at what’s to come without giving away every detail.
Try these two simple steps to lead into your thesis sentence at the end of your introductory paragraph: ● Start with one compelling fact or observation that will keep the reader engaged enough to read more. You have the rest of your essay to fill in the details and give the broader context.
Consider this example: Original draft: The residents of the island of Puerto Rico have been U. citizens for 100 years, yet they do not have the right to cast their votes for the nation’s president every four years. state would help to stabilize the island’s dire financial situation while benefiting the nation as a whole, both in terms of the economy and the culture.
Twice in the past five years, people who voted in elections in the Caribbean territory have favored the idea of statehood, yet a deep divide remains over what is the right course of action. (104 words) After editing: Puerto Ricans have been U. citizens for 100 years, yet they do not have the right to vote for their nation’s president. state would help to stabilize the island’s economy, while benefiting the nation as a whole financially and culturally.