I agree with mwestwood. Good writing is good writing whether it's fiction, non-fiction, research or etc. Catch your audiences attention in the opening lines of your paper. All the research in the world does not mean a thing if you cannot get an audience to read it. In addition, a clever, interesting or though provoking question would work too, but don't ask the question without giving your audience some ideas as to what the answer should be.
There are a number of ways to write an introduction; however, be sure that you first sentence "hooks" the read with an intriguing sentence. This sentence can be on something odd or unusual about Elizabeth I that influenced her life, for instance. Here are some other techniques that you can employ:
- An interesting quotation that illustrates a point which you will later explicate, or a characteristic of the Queen.
- A surprising fact about the queen would be a could way to draw interest from the reader.
- A short anecdote that illustrates a quality that you will later explain.
Then, be sure that your thesis statement is like your quotation, a succinct statement that makes "a bold claim" which you break into three parallel parts. These three parts can then be formulated into topic sentences that will begin each of the body paragraphs. So, be sure that the three parts/phrases of the thesis are in parallel construction.
After having written the essay, return to the introduction, and reread it. You may need to revise and rework this introduction to be sure that your thesis sentence holds true. Then, double check your firs sentence to be sure it is worthy.
Remember that in your introductory paragraph you have to state basically all the different things that the report will say about Queen Elizabeth I.
Therefore, think about what you will be focusing on: Was it her style of leadership? Her "virginal" state? Her beef with cousin Mary? Sir Robert?
Supposing that those mentioned above were your main focal points, you may want to write something like this:
The reign of Queen Elizabeth I was one of the most prosperous periods in the history of the United Kingdom. It was a time in which wars were successful, literature hit its golden hour, and love met its archetype. Queen Elizabeth I was the protagonist of one of the most inspiring stories of all time: The story of the woman who brought England to glory.
Hope it helps!