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Expository Essay Introduction
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Getting Started with Your Informative Essay: The Introduction
- The introduction is the first impression your reader gets of your essay, so it is one of the most important moments in your writing.
- The introduction should include a thesis statement and at least 3 sentences.
- There are several ways to begin an expository (informative) essay:
- Start with a quotation that ties into your essay topic.
- Start with a broad topic or general statement about life and narrow it down to your particular essay topic.
- Start with a rhetorical question – This is a question that you intend to answer that is not really meant for your audience.
- Start with an anecdote or personal story that ties to your essay topic.
A Few Examples:
Topic: Discuss the things that, in your opinion, make Mississippi unique.
- Quotation: “Home is where the heart is” is a quotation that is quite fitting for my home state: Mississippi. Mississippi is full of heart and many other interesting qualities that make it a great state to live in. [This is where you would list those particular topics you will discuss in your essay.]
- Broad Topic or General Statement: Though there are a number of cities and states in this country that have a great deal to offer their residents, I prefer the peace and quiet of Mississippi. It may not be as exciting as New York, but Mississippi has much to offer, if its citizens simply take a look closer. [This would be the part where you would insert the qualities about Mississippi that you want to discuss in your essay.]
- Rhetorical Question(s): What is it about Mississippi that has fascinated generations of people, both foreign and domestic? Is it the weather that is always this close to scorching? Is it the fact that Mississippi is the birthplace of rhythm and blues? Or is it Mississippi’s volatile, yet fascinating, history? [This would be the point where you would “answer” these questions and make sure to mention the topics you are going to discuss in your essay.]
- Anecdote or Personal Story: I remember the smell of honeysuckle as I ran through the woods outside of my little, yellow house. My limbs burned with exhaustion, but the hot Mississippi sun meant freedom to me, and with this, I found the strength to run even faster. Summers in Mississippi are, to me, the best part of living in Mississippi. [This would be the point where you would either mention what about summer in Mississippi makes it interesting or what else about Mississippi you find interesting, besides summer.]
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A brief discussion of good ways to start an expository essay.