Writing an Introduction for Different Types of Essays

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Last time, we discussed a simple way to produce a strong introduction for a persuasive or critical essay using a tripartite introductory structure. This structure begins by establishing context or status quo for a topic, disrupting the status quo by bringing up a problem or dilemma, and stating a thesis that resolves this state of disruption. Today, we’ll look at how this process can be adapted to other types of essays.

This might seem like a complicated task, but it’s actually quite simple if you remember that while different types of essays can vary wildly in function or purpose, the parts of an essay remain the same. Most critically for our purposes, all essays have some form of thesis statement, it’s just doing different things in different types of essays.

For example, in an expository essay—a type of essay where an idea or concept is explored—the thesis statement will usually be a statement of the main concept or idea the author intends to explore, such as:

Post-human critical theory is the attempt to approach critical questions from a non-human perspective.

Once again, we use this thesis statement as the foundation for our introduction. The important thing to remember when adapting our introductory structure is the type of essay that you’re writing. The status quo or context of an expository essay will not be the statement of a consensus or general opinion, like in a persuasive or critical essay, but instead an explanation of important contex:

In the 19th century, humanist thought displaced philosophical approaches centered around an objective view of the universe.

The appropriate disruption is introduced:

However, in the last hundred years, philosophers such as Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, and Foucault have challenged this view of the universe, pointing to various non-human factors that wield great power over the course of history.

And finally we add the thesis statement, adapting it as necessary:

In the 19th century, humanist thought displaced philosophical approaches centered around an objective view of the universe. However, in the last hundred years, philosophers such as Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, and Foucault have challenged this view of the universe, pointing to various non-human factors that wield great power over the course of history. Capitalizing on the accomplished work of these early “anti-humanists”, post-human critical theory was established as an attempt to approach critical questions from a non-human perspective.

This process works just as easily with other types of essay, such as the narrative essay and the descriptive essay, as long as you remember to keep in mind the function of the essay and how that function will affect the thesis statement. Keep those things in mind and the rest will be a breeze!

That’s it for introductions. Hopefully, this process is useful for you in writing all sorts of different types of essays. Just remember to feel free to experiment and find ways to make these techniques work for you. Next time, we’ll take a look at something interesting: writing an abstract. Until then, stay safe and keep writing!

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