Many students find introductions difficult to write. However, you only need to follow a few simple steps to write consistently strong introductions. Students overthink the introduction or try to be too sophisticated. Instead, think of your introduction as a map which will guide the reader through your essay, helping them to understand what you are trying to achieve.

I have read many student introductions over the years and have noted down some patterns that quality introductions seem to have in common.

Quality introductions:
• They are approximately 100 words in length. An introduction needs to be extensive and definitely more than a sentence or two
• They introduce the genre and form of the text being studied
Example: In the tragic play…In the dystopian novel…
• They include sophisticated vocabulary and metalanguage
• They incorporate a sophisticated but clearly worded contention that incorporates key words or synonyms derived from the topic
• They include a statement about the writer/director’s intent
Example: The playwright critiques rigid Victorian social mores…

Good luck,

Raven Writing