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Introduction for an essay? - March 14th 2010, 04:17 AM

I have to write an essay about spending a day with a historical figure. I chose to write about Marilyn Monroe. I really need to do good on this essay because its worth most of my grade and if I dont do good on it I'll fail the class. I'm kinda freaking out because its due monday and I'm just now starting it. I'm really bad at writing introduction paragraphs espcially when I'm this stressed out, so any ideas on what to write for it?
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Re: Introduction for an essay? - March 14th 2010, 05:12 AM

What I always did in school was write the introduction last. It's hard to introduce something that doesn't exist yet right?
Make sure that in your introduction you have one sentence describing what you'll be talking about in each paragraph (except the conclusion). So if you have 3 paragraphs you should have 3 sentences for them. You should also have at least one sentence describing your topic.

Can't really think of anything else, I haven't been in high school for a long time
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Re: Introduction for an essay? - March 14th 2010, 07:58 AM

For my English class and most of the other English classes at my school, we start off our intro with a quote pertaining to the topic at hand (be sure to document the quote correctly if you do this). Our next sentence is usually a transition from the quote to the text, but since you're not doing an essay on a book you'd connect the quote to Marilyn Monroe. The next sentence or two are pretty much saying what you're going to talk about for the rest of the essay, and the last sentence should be some sort of thesis statement. There are lots and lots of resources online you can find to help you figure out the structure of your intro and make sure they're strong, so be sure to take advantage of them.

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Re: Introduction for an essay? - March 14th 2010, 08:23 AM

I tend to write the introduction last. I may make a few basic points in the beginning but then I write the body and conclusion, then return to do the introduction. The introduction, especially the thesis sentence is meant to tell the reader what your essay is on and give some background detail that eventually becomes specific to the topic. It's easiest to do this when everything is written up.
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