The Introduction

One easy way to write the introduction for an argument or opinion essay is to write THREE sentences:

  • two about the topic
  • one thesis sentence

You can write either Situation or Opinion introductions. There’s not much difference between them.

Situation Introductions

Write two sentences to describe the two sides of the present situation. The third sentence – the Thesis sentence – will describe what you are going do in your essay.

  • Sentence 1: One side of the present situation
  • Sentence 2: The other side of the present situation
  • Sentence 3: Thesis: What you are going to do in your essay

Who should take care of our old people?

Sentence 1In my country, most old people live happily with their children
Sentence 2Increasingly, however, many families cannot take care of their parents
Sentence 3 (Thesis)This essay will describe some of the problems involved with taking care of old people, and discuss who should be responsible.

Does Aid to Poor Countries Work?

Sentence 1For the last fifty years, poor countries have been receiving huge sums of money from rich donor countries.
Sentence 2Some of this money has improved lives, while much of it has disappeared or made no difference.
Sentence 3 (Thesis)In this essay, I will discuss some arguments for and against foreign aid.

Should dangerous sports be banned?

Sentence 1Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in sports such as boxing or motor-racing.
Sentence 2Because of this, many people are opposed to such sports, and want them to be stopped or controlled.
Sentence 3 (Thesis)This essay will look at some of the arguments for and against banning dangerous sports.

Opinion Introductions

In this kind you give two opposite opinions in the first two sentences. The third sentence says what you are going to do.

Does space exploration benefit mankind? (1)

Sentence ForMany people are excited about space exploration.
Sentence AgainstHowever, others feel it is a massive waste of money
Sentence 3 (Thesis)This essay will look at some of the arguments for and against space exploration.

Does space exploration benefit mankind? (2)

Sentence ForSpace, for many people, really is the final frontier. They are excited by the exploration and potential of space.
Sentence AgainstHowever, not everyone agrees that this money is well-spent. Many people feel that we should solve problems here on earth before beginning our journey to space
Sentence 3 (Thesis)This essay will look at some of the arguments for and against space exploration.

Do Athletes Deserve Their High Salaries?

Sentence 1Everyday, we read about new record contracts and salaries earned by sportsmen and women. Some people do not agree with these huge payments
Sentence 2Others believe that our sports heroes deserve every penny.
Sentence 3 (Thesis)This essay will look at some of the arguments for and against the high salaries of athletes.

As well as situation or opinion introductions, you can use the following variations:

  • Past and Present: One sentence about the situation in the past, one about the situation today.
  • Here and Elsewhere: One sentence about the situation in one place, one sentence about the situation or problem in another place.
  • You and Other People: One sentence about what most people do or think, one sentence about what you believe, or do, or feel.

Finally, if you are having problem thinking about an introduction, leave some space (enough for three or four sentences) and write or type it later – AFTER you write the body or conclusion.

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