Effective Beginnings Begin Today!
The beginning of your essay is vital to drawing your reader into your narrative. If you make us snooze, youíll lose. There are many ways to being an essay without killing the life out of your subject and reader.
Choose three (3) of the methods from below and write the beginning to your essay following the format for each. For examples for each method, turn to p. 85 in your Models for Writers book.
YOU MUST CHOOSE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING
Introducing your essay with a brief narrative drawn from current news events, history, or your personal experience can be an effective way to capture your readerís interest.
An analogy or comparison can be useful in getting readers to contemplate a topic they might otherwise reject as unfamiliar or uninteresting. By pairing seemingly unrelated concepts, you introduce an idea and illustrate it.
Opening your essay with brief dialogue can attract a readerís attention and can succinctly illustrate a particular point of view you want to discuss. It shows rather than tells, and it appeals to our innate curiosity about what others say.
Begin with brief facts of statistics that support the purpose of your essay.
Irony or humor is an effective way to begin. Humor, especially, signals to your the reader that you essay will be entertaining to read, and irony can indicate an unexpected approach to a topic.
You may only choose one of the following. See page 88 in your book for examples.