15 Types Of Essay Introductions

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Kinds of Essays

Definition Essay

When you are writing a definition essay, you take a term or an idea and write about what it is. Often, definitions are combined with classification or other forms of organization in the essay. You need to give a careful definition of the key term before going on to discuss different types or examples.

Example question:Write an essay defining energy resources and discuss the different types.
Introduction:Define the key term energy resources.
Supporting paragraphs:1. Define one type of energy resources: renewable resources.
2. Define another type of energy resources: non-renewable resources.
Summary paragraph:Summarize energy resources.

Classification Essay

In a classification essay, you separate things or ideas into specific categories and discuss each of them. You organize the essay by defining each classification and by giving examples of each type.

Example question:Write an essay discussing the three types of government in Canada.
Introduction:Give background information about government in Canada.
Supporting paragraphs:1. Define and describe federal government.
2. Define and describe provincial governments.
3. Define and describe municipal governments.
Summary paragraph:Summarize government in Canada.

Description Essay

In a description essay, you write about what a person, place, or thing is like. You organize the essay by describing different parts or aspects of the main subject.

Example question:Write an essay describing the polar bear.
Introduction:Introduce what a polar bear is.
Supporting paragraphs:1. Describe where the polar bear lives.
2. Describe the body of the polar bear.
3. Describe what the polar eats.
Summary paragraph:Summarize what a polar bear is.

Compare and Contrast Essay

In a compare and contrast essay, you write about the similarities and differences between two or more people, places, or things. You can organize the essay by writing about one subject first and then comparing it with the second subject. A more effective way is to organize the essay by comparing each subject by category.

Example question:Write an essay comparing the weather in Vancouver and Halifax.
Introduction:Introduce weather in the cities of Vancouver and Halifax.
Supporting paragraphs:1. Compare weather in spring and summer for both cities. State how they are similar or different.
2. Compare weather in fall and winter for both cities. State how they are similar or different.
Summary paragraph:Summarize the similarities and differences.

Sequence Essay

In a sequence essay, you are writing to describe a series of events or a process in some sort of order. Usually, this order is based on time. You organize the essay by writing about each step of the process in the order it occurred.

Example question:Write an essay outlining the stages of the salmon life cycle.
Introduction:Describe what a salmon is like.
Supporting paragraphs:1. Describe young salmon.
2. Describe adult salmon.
3. Describe what salmon do before they die.
Summary paragraph:Summarize the main steps of the salmon life cycle.

Choice Essay

In a choice essay, you need to choose which object, idea, or action that you prefer. You organize the essay by describing each option and then giving your opinion.

Example question:Write an essay choosing between hockey in the 1890s and hockey today.
Introduction:Introduce the game of hockey.
Supporting paragraphs:1. Describe hockey in the 1890s.
2. Describe hockey today.
3. State which form of hockey you prefer and why.
Summary paragraph:Summarize the game of hockey.

Explanation Essay

In an explanation essay, you explain how or why something happens or has happened. You need to explain different causes and effects. You should organize the essay by explaining each individual cause or effect.

Example question:Write an essay explaining why so many Europeans moved to Canada during the early nineteenth century.
Introduction:Give background information on European immigration during this time.
Supporting paragraphs:1. Explain first reason: poor economy in Europe.
2. Explain second reason: better living conditions in Canada.
Summary paragraph:Summarize main reasons.

Evaluation Essay

In an evaluation essay, you make judgments about people, ideas, and possible actions. You make your evaluation based on certain criteria that you develop. Organize the essay by discussing the criteria you used to make your judgment.

Example question:Write an essay evaluating the importance of the House of Commons.
Introduction:Give your judgment on whether the House of Commons is important.
Supporting paragraphs:1. Explain first criteria: meeting place for government.
2. Explain second criteria: represent Canadians.
3. Explain third criteria: make laws for Canada.
Summary paragraph:Conclude with an overall judgment about the House of Commons.

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14 Types of Hook sentences with examples

Words of advice that will make an impact on your reader.

Example: "When you want something from someone, give them something instead."
A short and amusing story about an incident or a person, usually famous.

Example: "As a teen, Bill Gates use to go dumpster diving at his workplace, seeking information; that's how he got his hands on some impressive source codes."
A statement or assertion that arouses an opinion or response from your reader.

Example: "You'll soon be able to upload your dreams to Youtube."
A pair of concepts that don't go together.

Example: "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times."
A definition (Caution—don't quote the dictionary) of a term or concept that is relevant to your work.

Example: "a weevil is a small, herbivorous beetle that is known to wipe out entire crops of cotton and stored grains."
A situation where a choice must be made between two or more, usually undesirable, outcomes.

Example: "The doctors gave me a choice; without health insurance, they would reattach both fingers for $60,000 or just my index finger for $12,000."
An interesting fact from a reliable source.

Example: "One fast food meal contains all the calories you need in a day."
A quote from a famous person that is relevant to your work.

Example: "Ghandi famously said, 'Be the change you wish you see in the world.'"
A joke, quip, or scene that arouses laughter or amusement in your readers.

Example: "What's worse than raining buckets? Hailing taxis in Boston."
A short story about an experience in your life that is relevant to the writing topic.

Example: "As a child I was deathly afraid of water, so naturally I joined the swim team."
A question that inspires curiosity, but that cannon be simply answered (but it should be addressed in your essay).

Example: "What does it mean to be happy?"
A description of a scene or setting that stimulates any of the five senses.

Example: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, willed with the ends of worms and an oozy smell...it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."
A comparison of one thing to another, usually unrelated, thing.

Example: "The sentence was as powerful as Joe Frazier's left hook; it KO'd the reader in a few short words."
A startling statistic from a reliable source.

Example: According to the European Cockpit Association, "Forty-three percent of pilots admit to involuntarily falling asleep during a flight."
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