Can you please write me a intro paragraph for this persuasive essay so I can get an idea of how to make one?The essay is about why teachers should lessen homework, and the subtopics are less sleep,...

Can you please write me a intro paragraph for this persuasive essay so I can get an idea of how to make one?

The essay is about why teachers should lessen homework, and the subtopics are less sleep, more stress, and kids being more sedentary than ever.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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You know we cannot do your work for you here.  But I can give you two good strategies to write an introduction to a persuasive essay.

One method is called the funnel method. This means starting with some general statements and narrowing down to the thesis statement, like a funnel is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. For example, if I were writing an essay about uniforms in school, my introduction might look something like this:

There are many ways schools try to manage the behavior of their students.  Some schools have harsh disciplinary policies. Some schools offer rewards.  Some schools are requiring that students wear uniforms. Does this affect student behavior? Student behavior is improved when uniforms are required because the competitive aspect of dress is eliminated, because students focus more on work and less on appearance, and because students must dress more appropriately and less provocatively.

What this introduction does is start with a general topic and then narrow down until I reach my thesis statement.  You can do that with your introduction, too.

A second way to introduce an essay is with what we call a vignette, which is a little scene that captures the reader's interest and tells the reader something about the subject and point of the essay.  So, for example, you might have a little vignette of a student up in the middle of the night trying to do too much homework.  This is a great approach, too, because it would be easy to paint a scene like that for your reader.  That vignette can lead into a thesis statement.

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