Commonly, the introduction consists of one introductory paragraph. In longer works or for complex topics, the introduction might be several paragraphs or even longer.
An Introduction Serves Two Purposes
- It gives readers an idea of what the rest of the writing will say.
- It provides a reason for readers to keep reading.
The first reason is the most important. What is this about? Some methods for letting readers know include:
- A clear and specific thesis statement
- Providing background or history for the topic
- Defining a term, phrase, or concept central to the writing
- Providing statistics