Encourage students to think about what an introduction to an essay should include and what to avoid. They then rewrite some less effective examples of introductions to improve them.
An extract from the worksheet:
Decide whether the following statements are true or false:
- You should write the introduction first.
- You should write the conclusion last.
- A good way to start the introduction is: In this composition, I will be discussing …
- In your introduction, you should not reveal what your main idea and key arguments are.
- You can start your introduction with a question.
- You can even start with a strange example or anecdote.
- You should never start your introduction by quoting someone else.
- When writing about a major issue, it is a good idea to start by saying that the issue has been important since the dawn of mankind.
- Don’t be too direct in your introduction. It is more impressive to use complex ideas and long sentences.
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