The following five paragraph essay has paragraph labels to show the parts of an academic essay. (Note: This essay does not contain authentic references and has been written specifically to use for this teaching task.)
The body of your introductory paragraph should fulfill two functions: it should explain your first sentence and it should build up to your thesis statement. You'll find that this is much easier than it sounds. Just follow the pattern you see in the above examples.
Once you’ve chosen a topic for your report and done your research, write an introduction that includes background information on your topic and a 1-sentence thesis statement that explains what you’re going to prove in the rest of the report. Follow your introduction with body paragraphs that focus on the claims you’re making and the evidence to back them up. End your report with a conclusion that summarizes your thesis again. For more report-writing tips, like how to research your topic, read on!
Then circle the sentences which cover each of the four parts of argumentative essay introductions and write the number for each part in the margin next to it, just as you did for the introduction to the marine parks essay in Check your answer
The introduction is the first paragraph of your essay, and it is important to make a good impression here. If you don't start out well, it will be difficult to convince your readers (or the TOEFL assessor!) to take your writing seriously. Here's what you should know about the introduction: