How to write an introduction for an expository essay


An expository essay is the type, where you will need to simply explain or describe an object, event or meaning to the audience. As in every other essay, the introduction will be the part where your paper will first meet the reader and will, therefore, need to make the best possible impression on him. When writing an introduction for your expository essay, follow the easy advise we have prepared for you, it will make the paper outstanding!

  1. Use a hook to instantly take your reader's attention. This shall be the first sentence of your paper (after the topic, of course), that will instantly make your reader interested in the paper and want to read more of it. It can be a quote, an interesting fact, statistics or whatever you feel will “hook” the reader. Also, make sure the hook is actually connected to the the essay itself, as it will not make any sense otherwise.
  2. Inform the reader about the background of your topic. It will help you to introduce the topic and at the same time do not reveal what you will be writing in the main body completely. If you plan to write about a book, state the publishing information (e.g. name, author, year of publishing etc.); if you are writing about an event, describe its place in world history; if it's a person, give a short biography of him/her.
  3. Write your thesis statement. This shall not necessarily come third, it can be placed right after the hook or at the end of the introductory paragraph. A thesis statement is usually one sentence that briefly states your topic and your goal on this essay. It shall be powerful enough to draw attention, but short and understandable. For an expository essay it will not be a good idea to include a conflict in a thesis statement.
  4. State the main ideas of the essay in brief. This is not an obligatory part of a good introduction, but it will help you to connect your introduction to the rest of your paper an give the reader a short idea of what they will read about later. If you want to include this point, it is better to write this part of paper after you write the actual paper, or at least not to forget to edit it in the end, as some of your ideas will for sure change while you write the paper.

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