Knowing how to write an argumentative essay is an excellent resource. It allows the writer to craft a well thought out position on a polemic topic and attempt to change a person’s viewpoint on the issue. There are three parts to this type of essay, introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion. This article focuses on the introduction. There are three steps to creating a perfect persuasive essay introduction, the first being to give general information on the topic, the second to say why the topic is important and the third is to put forth three points that support your view.
Firstly, one must give general statements about the topic. The writer should introduce the reader to the topic by adding general statements about the issue. This giving of information orients the reader before they are introduced to the writer’s point of view. One can give a definition if the topic is unfamiliar. For example, in an essay on whether healthcare should be free in the United States, health care can be defined as the organized provision of medicinal care to an individual or a community. Also, a quote from a leading voice in the industry can be added to the introduction. In the same health care essay, a quote from Teri Reynolds, writer of the book “The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad saying that “It is hard to talk about a middle ground for something that is a fundamental right” would be adequate.
Secondly, the introduction must say why the topic is important. The reader must care about the topic to continue reading the writer’s perspective on it. One way to do this is to highlight that the topic is controversial. For instance, lawmakers, heath care professionals and the citizenry in the United States alike have argued for years whether universal health care is a right and should be implemented in the country. Both sides assert their positions from their soapboxes and fight tooth and nail to ensure that their position is the dominant one. At this point, the reader’s attention is grabbed, and the writer can now move on to the final part of the introduction.
Thirdly, the writer must indicate three points that support their view. This is the last line of the introduction and is called the thesis statement. The thesis is the one line that summarizes the writer’s viewpoint. For instance, one may argue that healthcare in the United States should be a right because their Declaration of Independence allows for it, their doctors would be breaking their oath to do no harm by refusing treatment in some instances and it would increase economic productivity which is good for the country. There the foundation is laid where the writer can now take the reader on a journey of why their point is valid and attempt to influence their opinion.
To conclude, the introduction is an important part of writing a persuasive essay and has three essential parts. The first part includes the writer providing general information about the topic. Following this, the writer must say why the topic is important for the reader to care about it. The final part of the introduction is the inclusion of the thesis statement where three points that support the writer’s opinion are added.