Tips and Tricks for Writing an Argumentative Essay Introductory Paragraph

Argumentative Intros Made Easy

Writing an introductory paragraph to an argumentative essay is not difficult. What you want to do is to lure your reader's in emotionally and make them really care about your topic. So even if you have to just place your thesis statement at the top of the page and then come up with some fantastic introductory sentences later - this is fine. As you step away from the essay or look over your research, even looking up some startling facts on the web, you'll find some statistics or something to say to whisk your reader into the paper and help them really care.

What you have to do in your introductory paragraph

  1. Introduce your topic in two to three sentences (or more - but no less that two for certain, or your introduction will be TOO brief)
  2. And

  3. Have a clearly stated thesis that tells your reader EXACTLY the purpose of your essay.

You can have a third person thesis statement or a first person thesis statement:

For example:

I believe we must do something to save our coral reef systems now, before we lose a major source of global economy and food supply, not to mention, our artistic destinations that inspire awe and a sense of the beauty of our world.

Or

Something must be done to save our coral reef systems now, before we lose a major source of global economy and food supply, not to mention, our artistic destinations that inspire awe and a sense of the beauty of our world.

We've Got our Thesis - Now We Need Introductory Sentences

So now that you have this great thesis statement - one that calls a reader to care about the topic and take action, what can we say in our opening sentences that will make our readers care and lure them in to want to actually read the rest of our essay.

Well, how about some startling statistics about how many reefs we've already lost? Have we perhaps already lost some species of fish that dwell in these reefs?

What about the travel and tourism dollars we'll lose that stimulate our economy - how many billions are we talking? A bunch right? So that would be a fact to throw in?

What about how much of our food supply we'll lose? How about that? And, how many endangered species of fish and other marine life who calls these home?

All of these facts would make interesting ways to startle your reader and interest them in your essay.

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