American Literature 5/8 – Introduction

Today we will discuss how to write an introduction for your paper. There are a couple important points that you need to keep in mind:

  1. Indent the first sentence (half an inch from the left margin)
  2. Your introduction should introduce the general topic to your readers and hook them so they want to read more.
  3. Is there any information you feel needs to be clarified? (Historical background, a central concept to your paper?) Give factual information that you will expand on in your main part.
  4. Be creative when you introduce the topic. Ask questions that get your readers thinking; provide an interesting phrase or quote that relates to the paper; tell a story or recount and event.
  5. Keep your introduction as short and concise as possible. About 1/2 – 3/4 of a page for a 5-7 page essay.
  6. Your paper should be 12-point Times New Roman type, double-spaced. Only one space after periods and other punctuation marks and margins are one inch on each side.

Example Research Paper:



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