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Your introduction is an important road map for the rest of your paper.
your introduction should contain a thesis that will assert your main argument. It should also, ideally, give the reader a sense of the kinds of information you will use to make that argument and the general organization of the paragraphs and pages that will follow. After reading your introduction, your readers should not have any major surprises in store when they read the main body of your paper.
our direct answer to the assigned question will be your thesis, and your thesis will be included in your introduction, so it is a good idea to use the question as a jumping off point.
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Start by thinking about the question (or questions) you are trying to answer
Open with an attention grabber.
an intriguing example
a provocative quotation
a puzzling scenario
a vivid and perhaps unexpected anecdote
a thought-provoking question
Avoid statements like “In this paper, I will argue that Frederick Douglass valued education.”
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