Your introduction paragraph should get your reader's attention, introduce the topic of your essay, and present your thesis. (The thesis is the main idea of the essay.) You can think of your introduction paragraph as a triangle like the one below. The beginning of your introduction paragraph is general. Then you become more specific about the topic until your thesis statement.
The first sentence of your introduction should make your reader interested in your topic. The first sentence of an introduction is called a "hook." There are many types of hooks: facts, questions, problems, descriptions, etc. There is not one "perfect" hook for each essay. Your hook can help you introduce the general topic of your essay.
Don't start too generally in your introduction paragraph. Focus on giving background information that your reader needs to understand the topic generally. What does your reader need to know before you make your main points?
Type of Hook
|Everyone needs a good amount of sleep.
|Do you get enough sleep?
|Many people have a difficult time sleeping at night.
|Sleep is a peaceful and restful experience for most people.
The thesis states the main idea, or focus, of the essay. The rest of the essay will give evidence and explanations that show why or how your thesis is true.
Humans should typically spend a third of their life asleep. Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Do you get enough sleep? Do you fall asleep at school? Do people often tell you that you look tired? If you struggle to get enough sleep, you may have a sleep disorder. A sleep disorder is a problem that makes it difficult for your body to rest when you go to bed. You might have problems falling asleep, staying asleep, or resting peacefully while asleep. Some of the best ways to prevent sleep disorders are establishing good sleep habits, doing regular exercise, and making a comfortable bedroom environment.
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