Date of publication: 2017-08-24 04:15
5. The book report introduction. This introduction is what you had to do for your elementary school book reports. It gives the name and author of the book you are writing about, tells what the book is about, and offers other basic facts about the book. You might resort to this sort of introduction when you are trying to fill space because it 8767 s a familiar, comfortable format. It is ineffective because it offers details that your reader probably already knows and that are irrelevant to the thesis.
You will probably refer back to your assignment extensively as you prepare your complete essay, and the prompt itself can also give you some clues about how to approach the introduction. Notice that it starts with a broad statement and then narrows to focus on specific questions from the book. One strategy might be to use a similar model in your own introduction—start off with a big picture sentence or two and then focus in on the details of your argument about Douglass. Of course, a different approach could also be very successful, but looking at the way the professor set up the question can sometimes give you some ideas for how you might answer it. (See our handout on understanding assignments for additional information on the hidden clues in assignments.)
Writing an effective introduction can be tough. Try playing around with several different options and choose the one that ends up sounding best to you!
Introductions and conclusions can be the most difficult parts of papers to write. Usually when you sit down to respond to an assignment, you have at least some sense of what you want to say in the body of your paper. You might have chosen a few examples you want to use or have an idea that will help you answer the main question of your assignment these sections, therefore, may not be as hard to write. And it 8767 s fine to write them first! But in your final draft, these middle parts of the paper can 8767 t just come out of thin air they need to be introduced and concluded in a way that makes sense to your reader.
Example: Webster 8767 s dictionary defines slavery as 8775 the state of being a slave, 8776 as 8775 the practice of owning slaves, 8776 and as 8775 a condition of hard work and subjection. 8776
66 Hayden , &ldquo Middle Passage,&rdquo in Call and Response , p. 6685. Tolson, excerpt from Harlem Gallery , in Call and Response , p. 6676.
69 Nikki Giovanni , Black Feeling Black Talk Black Judgement (New York: Morrow, 6975), p. 59. Madhubuti, &ldquo Assassination,&rdquo in Call and Response , pp. 6598-99.
The same might be asserted of the period immediately following slavery. The majority of African Americans were still illiterate indeed, it would be almost 6955 before W. E. B. Du Bois introduced the idea of a &ldquo Talented Tenth &rdquo among the black population that should become educated and lead the others. When Charles W. Chesnutt , writing in the latter decades of the nineteenth century, was asked about black audiences for the novels and stories he published, he concluded that it was not worth his publisher&rsquo s time to try to determine how many black readers there were. Logically, therefore, the audience for African American creative productions remained mostly white and northern.
9. The 8775 dawn of man 8776 introduction. This kind of introduction generally makes broad, sweeping statements about the relevance of this topic since the beginning of time, throughout the world, etc. It is usually very general (similar to the placeholder introduction) and fails to connect to the thesis. It may employ cliches the phrases 8775 the dawn of man 8776 and 8775 throughout human history 8776 are examples, and it 8767 s hard to imagine a time when starting with one of these would work. Instructors often find them extremely annoying.