The introduction should start with a general discussion of your subject and lead to a very specific statement of your main point, or thesis.
Sometimes an essay begins with a "grabber," such as a challenging claim, or surprising story to catch a reader's attention.
It might also have a grabber about someone who survived a terrible accident because of an airbag.
The thesis would briefly state the main reasons for recommending airbags, and each reason would be discussed in the main body of the essay.
As discussed earlier in this text, there are three basic purposes you can have for giving a speech: to inform, to persuade, and to entertain.
When selecting an attention-getter, you want to make sure that you select one that corresponds with your basic purpose.Typically, there are four things to consider in choosing a specific attention-getting device: First, when selecting an attention-getting device, you want to make sure that the option you choose is actually appropriate and relevant to your specific audience.Different audiences will have different backgrounds and knowledge, so you should use your audience analysis to determine whether specific information you plan on using would be appropriate for a specific audience.See the license for more details, but that basically means you can share this book as long as you credit the author (but see below), don't make money from it, and do make it available to everyone else under the same terms.This content was accessible as of December 29, 2012, and it was downloaded then by Andy Schmitz in an effort to preserve the availability of this book.The thesis should tell in one (or at most two) sentence(s), what your overall point or argument is, and briefly, what your main body paragraphs will be about.For example, in an essay about the importance of airbags in cars, the introduction might start with some information about car accidents and survival rates.If your goal is to entertain an audience, then starting a speech with a quotation about how many people are dying in Africa each day from malnutrition may not be the best way to get your audience’s attention.Remember, one of the basic goals of an introduction is to prepare your audience for your speech.For example, a persuasive speech about death and dying shouldn’t be happy and hilarious.An informative speech on the benefits of laughing shouldn’t be dull, dreary, and depressing.