How about posing the question: 'Could there be a deep psychological need within us to boost our own confidence by putting other people's down? Just like 'My paper is about dating and social media' won't work as an attention getter, simply asking the question 'Have you ever heard of dating in the age of social media? Over the past decade, we've been forced to expand our dating etiquette conversation beyond opening doors and sending flowers to times it is and is not appropriate to post pictures of our love interests online. Again, success for our young Romeo. Types of 'Attention Getters' Our romantic Romeo has recently been assigned a paper on dating in the age of social media, which he hopes will involve some quality time with the luminous Laurie. A report simply compiles a bunch of information on a particular topic and presents that information to the readers without a unique take on the topic. We often focus the majority of our attention on the body of an essay, neglecting a quality introduction as either just a few necessary rushed sentences or an afterthought to be filled in later.
Finally, ask a thought-provoking question. The attention getter is the first thing your readers encounter, and your job as a writer is to capture their attention and make them want to keep reading. It makes me feel sick and worthless' qtd. We live in a time when most everyone has immediate access to a camera through our cell phones, and therefore the ability to instantly publish a picture for the world to see. Chances are your readers know a thing or two about dating, and just asking if they do doesn't get them excited about the topic. By telling a good joke early in the speech, you not only build your rapport with the audience, you also motivate to listen with the promise of more humor.
. By following my three simple steps, you can take your writing to the next level and assure that readers are interested in what you have to say. So there you have it, folks. Also, a good quote by a known author will enhance your credibility. Perhaps the audience will know of your credentials before you begin speaking, whether through a separate introduction of you as a speaker or through your reputation on your topic. Not only does this thesis present an arguable take on the subject, readers can see the main idea of each body paragraph in Romeo's essay.
Video: Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. As always, don't forget to cite your statistic for authenticity. After gathering his sources and taking notes, the time comes to draft an introduction. You may have a ground-breaking idea to share with the world, but if you can't engage readers within the first few sentences, your ideas may be lost. You can also integrate a quote. Three simple steps for writing a quality introduction for your next essay: introduction sentence, bridge sentences, and thesis statement. If you use too many statistics, perhaps, it could be problematic.
That could mean asking them a question rhetorical or otherwise , asking them to do something physical raise their hands, close their eyes , or asking them to think about something related to your speech. As I cautiously backed dad's car down the driveway for my first real date, the last thing I heard was my anxious mother calling, 'Remember…you never get a second chance to make a first impression! His bridge expands on the idea of the attention getter to bring readers to the thesis, which lays out the direction of his entire essay. As a reader I may not know what this particular girl went through, but I can certainly feel for her situation. A great way to capture the readers' attention is to make the content of your writing relatable to the reader. An author never gets a second chance to capture the attention of his or her reader. Finally, the last goal of the introduction is to let the audience know that the body of the speech has begun. See what Romeo did there? Because of this is, your introductions and conclusions always need to be exceptional.
Your job is to take readers from side A, or the attention getter, to side B, the thesis statement. This can be accomplished with a signpost, a blatantly obvious transitional statement. I can assure you that: 'My paper is about dating and social media' neither gets my attention nor does it make me want to read further. The Thesis Statement Now all that is left for Romeo to complete a quality introduction is to identify the argument and direction of his essay, otherwise known as the thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson. Romeo chose to use a statistic to begin his most recent essay.
Establishing credibility and rapport begins with your attention-getter and continues throughout the rest of your introduction. All that is required is just a few lines dedicated to outlining the main points that will be discussed in your speech. Typically, if a quotation has stood the test of time, it offers some sort of humor or insight that will interest the audience. Remember, it's crucial that your thesis be the last sentence of the introduction, and it's arguable. Unlike simply identifying a topic, the following sentence is an actual thesis: In this age of social media, dating teens must be aware of the dangers posed by posting pictures online, remain aware of the potential consequences of such posts, and strive to preserve the integrity of both parties by keeping sensitive photos off line.
We know he'll address the dangers and consequences of posting online as well as the importance of maintaining a positive reputation in cyber space. However, if you select a few really startling statistics that illustrate your point, they can be quite effective. Now this question makes me think and acts as a perfect segue way for a paper that we know will involve the dangers of posting embarrassing pictures online. Romeo would do well to remember this when he's tempted to snap a picture of the luminous Laurie slurping her spicy spaghetti. The sentence or two between these are identified as, no coincidence, the bridge.
Lesson Objective After watching this lesson, you should be able to construct an engaging introductory paragraph of an essay using an introduction sentence, bridge, and thesis statement. If you tell a story about yourself, you can build your credibility, and the story will probably be more relevant to your audience. However, I'm here to tell you that's a mistake. Now, there are several ways we can do this, but let's look at the most popular: Use a shocking statistic. Even if your not similar to your audience on a superficial level, there is always some area of commonality. The Bridge Once you've captured the attention of your , think about a bridge crossing the rough rapids of a river. During his research, Romeo came across the story of a teenage girl whose boyfriend posted an embarrassing picture of her online, and when asked how that made her feel, she responded, 'It makes me hurt both physically and mentally.
Screen writers realize that their audiences put a lot of stock into first and last impressions. Any longer, and you are taking valuable time away from the body of the speech. Typically, the preview of the speech will come near the end of the introduction. It scares me and takes away all my confidence. Overall, your introduction should be about 10-15% of the total speech length.