Take a look at some of these opening lines from college entrance essays submitted to Stanford University.
Summary of Your Topic, Ideas, or Argument Your opening paragraph should introduce the subject matter and the points you intend to make.
Argumentative essays are often emphatic, where the least important points are presented first and build up to the most important.
If your essay includes research, don’t be shy about including substantial statements, just make sure they’re properly cited.
Think of it as a brief roadmap that begins with an intriguing opening line, includes a quick summary of the topic and ideas you’ll present, and concludes with a thesis statement.
Opening Hook It’s important to draw your reader in from the very first sentence.
Unless we are willing to organize separate sporting events and leagues—an Olympics, say, for athletes who have opted for a boost from the test tube and another for athletes who have chosen to keep their bodies natural—we should ask from our athletes that they dazzle us less with extraordinary performance and more with the fruits of their hard work.
Here are a few tips to make conclusions more interesting.
You may wish to check with your professor about specific recommendations in your field of study; many fields have specific formats for conclusions and other parts of essays, research reports, and experiments.
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