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Write an introduction

Get your assignment in front of you, then follow the instructions below. Type your answers to each task in the box below it. When you have filled in all the boxes, click on the button at the bottom of the page and you will be on your way to a completed project.

Step 1: Write a rough paragraph introducing your subject. Here's where you'll want to get your main idea or thesis down.

Confused about how to write a thesis? We have some practice exercises for you.

(If you want, you can follow along with another CUNY student doing this exercise along with you.


Step #2: Is there any background information or context you'll need to include? If so, try integrating this information with the rest of your introduction below:

(Click here to see Ann integrating background information.)




Step #3: Do you think the introduction will engage your reader? If not, play around with making it more interesting. Remember, there are lots of ways — tell a story, bring in a quotation, or ask a question.

(Click here to see Ann's final draft.)





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