You’ve got to make a great first impression. Your essay depends on you ensuring that the first paragraph – even just the first few lines – make a favorable impression on your judge. Often students just write down the first random thoughts that come to their head and then shove a thesis at their grader. But don’t do that. Introductions are not some arbitrary obligation where you can get away with writing any generic idea. Instead, they need to be organized, structured, intentionally designed paragraphs.
Here’s how to remember what you need to do to write a good Introduction paragraph: ACT. Yup, you’re taking the ACT test, but you’re also using those same three letters to remember how to start your essay. Your Introduction can be broken down into three simple parts: Attention Getter, Connection, Thesis.
When you begin writing your essay, now you have a concrete structure to follow that gracefully and eloquently leads your reader from an interesting hook to a well-placed Thesis. Using a structure like this for all essays serves as an effective way to make a favorable impression the right way. You’ll avoid writing things in the wrong spot, too: for example, it’s a bad idea to begin with a Thesis, or to put an Attention Getter at the end. Confusing!
This structure also ensures that you get all of the essential information into your Introduction without becoming boring. Students often just write something down for their Introduction because they feel that they have to write something – they just don’t know what. Now you know how to write a good Introduction that starts your ACT essay well.
Also, if you plan on using this structure, it’s helpful because that’s one more decision that you have made in advance. You don’t have to show up to the ACT writing and try to figure out what it is that you want to say. All you have to do is “plug in” information into this format and you’re good to go. One less decision.
So if you plan on beginning with an Attention Getter, transitioning into a Connection, and ending your Introduction with a Thesis, then you’ve got a dynamite opening paragraph that’s guaranteed to make your judges think that you’re an eloquent, sophisticated writer.