How to Write a Correct Introduction to an Essay

Introduce the topic of your essay briefly with an attention catching phrase. In this part you give the readers an idea of what the essay is about. The first sentence should communicate to the reader something useful. It should do so in manner that is polished and interesting.

An example of good introduction is a question that provokes the readers thought. The question should be related to the topic and give an idea of your argument. Another example of a good introduction is giving your audience a dictionary definition of the terms or words that advance your argument. Your goal is to draw the audience into the argument and the points you are advancing in your essay.

  1. Start of your essay with an attention grabbing phrase
  • Eye opening information

The information you here must be accurate, correct and verifiable. It doesn’t have to be                necessarily new to your audience. You may for instance use a related facts that that   provide your readers with an idea of what the essay is going to talk about. Always   ensure to follow up with a few sentences expounding on your facts so as lend them   more credibility.

  • Anecdote

    This is a story illustrating a point.

The anecdote you use is not just relevant to the essay topic but also concise and          accurate. It is a very efficient to open your essay to the audience but must be carefully             utilised. An anecdote supports your argument by getting the audience to imagine and               engage with your ideas.

  • Dialogue

Appropriate use of dialogue is a good way of enriching your essay. You need not to    identify the speakers but the audience should be able to understand the point that you            are trying to pass across. The dialogues shouldn’t be many in your essay; just two or               three are enough. The conversations should also be followed with a few explanatory        sentences.

  • Summary

In this part of you the essay, use a few sentences that generally explain the topic and                lead the audience to your thesis. Gradually make your sentences specific and concise until you arrive at your thesis statement.

  1. In case your attention grabbing phrase was just a sentence or two, always add a few sentences that help your audience transit from the essay opening remarks to the thesis statement.
  2. Wrap up the paragraph with a very powerful thesis statement. A good essay will serve as a bridge to transport the audience from their world to a place in your analysis of the facts. Always make sure your thesis effectively achieves so as to have the audience want more of the essay and as such read on to discover your flow of the argument.


To wrap and end your essay, sum up the main points of the essay and give the reader a final perspective on the topic. You need just about three to five sentences and there is no particular formula to be followed. Reiterate your thesis statement and give your final feelings to the readers. An anecdote can as well be used to effectively end the essay.