Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Write Attention-Grabbing Introductions (Notes to copy)

Introductions establish the direction your writing takes. A good introduction grabs your readers’ attention. What is a good way to begin writing? Here are some suggestions.

Open with a question:
Have you ever wondered how you’d survive if you found yourself alone in the wilderness?

Open with an announcement:
This is not a cookbook for the gourmet. These recipes are strictly for the cook on a tight budget.

Open with a bold and a challenging statement:
Contrary to what some people think, most of our learning takes place outside of school.

Open with a quotation:
"You’re going to regret this." That’s what my best friend Liza said as I got on the roller coaster.

Open with a riddle that the reader can grapple with:
What textbook has no pages, is miles wide, smells like creek and has been around for millions of years? That’s right--outdoor school!

Open with a personal experience:
I’m still glad that I didn’t cry at the funeral, though I did in my room later.

Open with how you felt:
My hands were sweaty! My teeth wouldn’t quit chattering. Prickly fingers ran up my spine. What would happen next.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

this helped

kristi said...

thank you!!

Anonymous said...

this is great. very helpful

Anonymous said...

Not bad but my essay is a descriptive essay and my teacher said we can't begin with a question because everyone is going to anyway.

Anonymous said...

Good to use for a story