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INTRODUCING YOUR ARGUMENT
The hardest part of essay is beginning it. The first sentence has to tell the examiner you are answering
the question, that you are organized and that your essay isn’t going to be boring. All that from one
sentence, so you’d better start practicing.
YOUR INTRODUCTION NEEDS TO GRAB THE ATTENTION
1. A good introduction does two things, it states clearly what the essay is about and how you
are going to answer the question.
2. Don’t waste words, examiners don’t want a whole list of every book you’ve read, and they
don’t want a summary of everything you’re going to say in the essay. They want you to get
on with it.
3. That means grabbing their attention and showing them that you know what you’re talking
about, controlling your argument and your tone.
HOW TO WRITE A GOOD INTRODUCTION
1. Your opening line should try to answer the question you were given. If you can’t answer it
straight away, then say how you are going to answer it on your essay.
2. The rest of the paragraph should make your best point and begin your argument, explaining
how it is relevant to answering the question.
3. Use the exact word of the questions. This shows the examiners that you’ve understood the
question fully. If the question asks you to look at two texts, make sure you mention both. If you
have to give argument for and against something, give a summary of the key points on both
sides.
4. End the paragraph by summing up what you’ve said. The next paragraph should develop this
point, explaining it further and telling the examiner what examples you’re going to use to back
up your argument. Keep your argument clear,
EXAMPLE OF AN ESSAY INTRODUCTION
Why should we sympathise with Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman?
Willy Loman deserves our sympathy because he is a victim of the American way of life. He kills
himself so that his family will receive the money from his life insurance policy. He thinks it is the only
way he can help the people he loves. All his hopes and dreams are shown to be false, and he believes
that this is his own fault.
In fact, it is the fault of the society he lives in, which says that making money and following your
dream are the things that make you a real man. Willy believes this. When he cant make money as a
salesman anymore, he decides he is no longer a man, and he will be worth more to his family dead than
alive. The great tragedy of the play isn’t that Willy loses sight of what is important, but that he never
understood what was truly important in the first place: the love of his family.

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INTRODUCING YOUR ARGUMENT The hardest part of essay is beginning it. The first sentence has to tell the examiner you are answering the question, that you are organized and that your essay isn’t going to be boring. All that from one sentence, so you’d better start practicing. YOUR INTRODUCTION NEEDS TO GRAB THE ATTENTION 1. A good introduction does two things, it states clearly what the essay is about and how you are going to answer the question. 2. Don’t waste words, examiners don’t want a whole list of every book you’ve read, and they don’t want a summary of everything you’re going to say in the essay. They want you to get on with it. 3. That means grabbing their attention and showing them that you know what you’re talking about, controlling your argument and your tone. HOW TO WRITE A GOOD INTRODUCTION 1. Your opening line should try to answer the question you were given. If you can’t answer it straight away, then say how you are going to answer it on your essay. 2. The rest of the paragraph should make your best point and begin your argument, explaining how it is relevant to answering the question. 3. Use the exact word of the questions. This shows the examiners that you’ve understood the question fully. If the question asks you to look at two texts, make sure you mention both. If you have to give argument for and against something, give a summary of the key points on both sides. 4. End the paragraph by summing up what you’ve said. The next paragraph should develop this point, explaining it further and telling the examiner what examples you’re going to use to back up your argument. Keep your argument clear, EXAMPLE OF AN ESSAY INTRODUCTION Why should we sympathise with Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman? Willy Loman deserves our sympathy because he is a victim of the American way of life. He kills himself so that his family will receive the money from his life insurance policy. He thinks it is the only way he can help the people he loves. All his hopes and dreams are shown to be false, and he believes that this is his own fault. In fact, it is the fault of the society he lives in, which says that making money and following your dream are the things that make you a real man. Willy believes this. When he cant make money as a salesman anymore, he decides he is no longer a man, and he will be worth more to his family dead than alive. The great tragedy of the play isn’t that Willy loses sight of what is important, but that he never understood what was truly important in the first place: the love of his family. Name: Description: ...
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