Writing Introductions

by Randall S. Davis




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Purpose of Lesson:


Introductions

The introduction of your research paper is very important in attracting the reader's attention to your paper and may determine whether he or she will continue reading it. Your introduction should give an overview of the topic, get the reader's attention, and contain your thesis, or purpose, statement. It will also say how your own research will fill the void on what hasn't been done on the topic. There are several styles of introductions which may include facts and figures, quotations, stories, or probing questions. Most introductions begin with very general statements and then become more specific, ending in a thesis statement. Here one topic that has been introduced using each style:

Topic: Learning English Beyond the Classroom
Style: Facts and Figures

According to one recent poll, fewer than 15% of all students who took foreign languages in high school report that they have found opportunities to use the language with in five years of graduating. In many cases, these students are unaware of how to use their English, German, Japanese, or Russian, outside the confines of the classroom. As a result, students who are interested in brushing up their skills often believe that going overseas is the only way to reach the promised land of language mastery. Yet, students should be become aware of methods of practicing their foreign language skills within without ever having to leave their native land, and this paper will explain different learning options available to students based on past research, and it will explain new results of student learning preferences based on research conducted for this paper.
Style: Quotations

Abigail Adams, wife of former president John Adams, said once that "learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." This would be equally true with the learning of foreign languages. Many students who are interested in brushing up their language skills often believe that going overseas is the only way to reach the promised land of language mastery. Yet, students should be become aware of methods of practicing their foreign language skills within without ever having to leave their native land, and this paper will explain different learning options available to students based on past research, and it will explain new results of student learning preferences based on research conducted for this paper.
Style: Anecdotes (Stories)

As a high school student, I took four years of Spanish classes and spent many hours wondering what the purpose of studying the language in the first place. It was my mother's native language, but I felt my efforts were fruitless because I told myself that the only way to learn a language would be to go overseas. Like myself, many students who are interested in brushing up their language skills often believe that going overseas is the only way to reach the promised land of language mastery. Yet, students should be become aware of methods of practicing their foreign language skills within without ever having to leave their native land, and this paper will explain different learning options available to students based on past research, and it will explain new results of student learning preferences based on research conducted for this paper.

Style: Probing Questions

Have you ever wondered if taking all of those English classes in your native country will really help you learn and speak the language? Many students who are interested in brushing up their language skills often feel the same way and believe that going overseas is the only way to reach the promised land of language mastery. Yet, students should be become aware of methods of practicing their foreign language skills within without ever having to leave their native land, and this paper will explain different learning options available to students based on past research, and it will explain new results of student learning preferences based on research conducted for this paper.

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