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Sample introduction paragraph


Notice how they start with a more general statement, and then become more and more focused until they end up with the thesis statement, which is the main idea of the whole upcoming essay.


Introduction paragraph 1 (for an essay about types of abnormal customers) 

Working part-time as a cashier at the Piggly Wiggly has given me a great opportunity to observe human behavior. Sometimes I think of the shoppers as white rats in a lab experiment, and the aisles as a maze designed by a psychologist. Most of the rats--customers, I mean--follow a routine pattern, strolling up and down the aisles, checking through my chute, and then escaping through the exit hatch. But not everyone is so dependable. There are three distinct types of abnormal customer: the amnesiac, the super shopper, and the dawdler.


Sample Conclusion paragraph


A good conclusion will:

  • rephrase the question

  • summarize the main ideas

  • give your opinion, if you haven’t given it already

  • look to the future (say what will happen if the situation continues or changes)

but will NEVER add new information.


Conclusion paragraph 2 (of an essay about the importance of sports for a society)


In summary, our society would be healthier if more people took part in sports of all kinds. We should continue to try to prevent accidents and injuries. However, we should also ensure that sports are challenging, exciting, and, above all, fun.






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