What is a good introduction ( c/c essay) for topic, "The education of present  generation vs the education at my grandmother’s generation"?

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

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Let's talk about two common strategies people use for introductions. First is the funnel approach and second in the anecdotal approach.  Either could be used for a topic like yours.

The funnel is a metaphor for beginning with a broad idea and narrowing down to your thesis statement, just like a funnel is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom.  So, for example, if I were writing a paper on jazz, I might begin with a general statement like this:

There have been many forms of popular American music.

Now the reader has a general idea what the paper is about, but does not know yet what the specific idea is for the paper.  But as the reader goes on, I will narrow things down, and I will end the paragraph with my thesis statement.

The anecdotal approach means opening with a little scene or story.  In the case of your topic, this might be creating a scene in your grandmother's school room and another scene that is more contemporary.  This can be a good way to get the reader's attention and gain interest.

I have provided a link that has a few other strategies that are commonly used for introductions.  Good luck!