What is an Introduction Paragraph? 

  • It is the first paragraph of the essay

  • It uses a "hook" to make the reader interested in reading more

  • It states the writer's position and opinion on the Topic

  • It gives a thesis statement that clearly states the main idea, people involved, and supporting ideas


Parts of an Introduction Paragraph 

  1. "HOOK" (1 or 2 sentences)

    1. It is the first sentences and introduces a connection to the essay Topic. (see below)

  2. POSITION SENTENCES (2 or 3 sentences)

    1. These sentences give specific information on the Topic to help the reader better understand the writer's position (opinion). For this essay, there are 3 ways to state your position. (see below)

  3. THESIS STATEMENT (1 sentence)

    1. This is the Thesis Statement learned in the previous MODULE.


HOOK SENTENCE: 3 Hook Styles



Use a Quote from a 
person about the Topic

Use Numbers to 
show important statistics

Ask an interesting 
Question about the Topic


A good way to generate interest is to quote a famous person or expert that is related to the topic. Here is one that works for an essay about travel:

- Marcel Proust once said "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

Establishing your authority on a subject in the Introduction Paragraph is important, and using numbers and statistics is a strong way to show you have done research and understand your topic. Here is one that works for an essay about travel:

- According to, in 2017, the total number of visitors to Paris exceeded a record 40 million tourists.

When reading a question in an essay, people can't help but expect to find an answer. In your introduction, this style is a great way to get a reader interested early because they can learn something right from the start. Here is one that works for an essay about travel:

- What's the biggest reason why more people are traveling to Italy in the winter? That's when the peak


3 Position Styles








For a COMPARISON, think about how things related to your Topic are different.

Example: Topic - Travel in another country

Comparison: Traveling alone compared to traveling in a group


For an ARGUMENT, think about how to make a claim about your Topic and offer a defense to persuade readers to understand your opinion.

Example: Topic - Travel in another country

Argument: Traveling alone has more advantages because there is more freedom to explore.

For a PROBLEM, think about issues that your Topic causes or fixes.

Example: Topic - Travel in another country

Problem: Seasonal tourism causes increased crime

     Credible Support  

It's important to understand that the essay you will write for this course is not a research or "academic" paper. You do not need to find or cite sources to support your thesis. This is an opinion-based essay.

Still, your opinion needs to be supported with credible supporting ideas. That means finding authentic examples and details is important in keeping readers interested in your essay. Think carefully about how you want to support your essay.

For the Introduction Paragraph, you will introduce your supporting ideas in the Thesis Statement. If your ideas are not credible, the reader may not consider the essay worth reading. Even with an essay about your opinion, if you use examples and details that aren't authentic, it may reduce your credibility.

+ Credible Ideas

X Consider Changing

+ Your opinions are based on facts/statistics

X Your opinions are something you wish or only think about

+ Your examples are based on personal experience

X Your examples are something you only "heard about" but have no evidence to support

+ Your ideas are easily relatable to the reader

X Your ideas are abstract and difficult to understand


  1. Review this lesson carefully.

  2. Take the Introduction Paragraph PRACTICE QUIZ.

  3. Proceed to the Writing Assignment.