My topic was: "What Made Me Who I am Today?" What would be a good beginning that I can start out writing my essay?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think it will help you to first know what your body paragraphs are going to be about. Are you going to write about experiences? influences? people?

How are you going to organize? Topically? Chronologically?

If you would organize chronologically, come up with something from your childhood. Everyone loves a good little kid story.

Let me give you an example. Let's say you are a singer, and that is what you are going to ultimately find your identity in.

Write about a time as a four-year-old when you took a hairbrush, stood on the hearth of the fireplace and sang your guts out to the Star Spangled Banner to your grandma and grandpa at Christmas. USE SENSORY DETAIL. Talk about how it tasted, felt, what you saw and smelt. Your teacher will eat it up!

Then transition into a thesis statement about 3 things that shaped you.

Good luck!

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Have you had any kind of epiphany or "moment of truth" or serious struggle in your life?  The great director, Elia Kazan, declared that people do not become a worthy human unless they have come through some great struggle, for it is this struggle that forms our characters.

So, you can relate an anecdote about yourself that precipitated you toward your ephipany/moment of truth/struggle that shaped you as a person.  In your writing about your personal experience, you can tie it to experiences of others. ( e.g. Like many other pre-teens, I aspired to....)

For instruction on how to write an introduction, refer to the enotes how-to topics.  See the site listed below.