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Persuasive essays are unique because you the goal is to get others to agree with you. Set the stage for your argument in the first paragraph. The introduction for a persuasive essay must get the reader interested in the topic, provide background information and summarize the main point of your paper with a thesis statement.

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As suggested by the name, the purpose of a persuasive essay is to persuade. You want to win your reader over to seeing things your way. You need to grab their attention with your first few sentences in a perfect opening paragraph. Get them interested in your thesis and what you have to say, and then spend the rest of the paper reeling them in.

Remember when composing your essay that there are three parts to a persuasive essay. These are as follows:

Your introduction paragraph will start with a topic sentence that will be a statement of what you think is correct, true, or right. It should be a strong statement of your position on the more general topic of the essay, or the issue to be addressed. Next provide evidence or examples that prove your position is the correct one. Close your introduction paragraph with a statement that reinforces the opening statement that you made.

The body or supporting paragraphs will go on to provide irrefutable evidence that the statements you made when you opened your essay, cannot be disputed. Each paragraph should be focused on one specific piece of evidence that supports your claims. Some people choose to include a paragraph that explores an opposing view, but ultimately dismisses it as false. This may in fact strengthen your position.

The concluding paragraph is the time where you restate and reinforce the thesis set out in your opening paragraph. It should be a powerful, convincing, and concise finish that leaves no doubt in the reader's mind that you, and your position is correct.

Here are two examples of good introductory paragraphs:

Note that both take a strong position, offer evidence that supports their position, and finishes with a reaffirmation of the thesis statement. Engage your reader, persuade them with your argument, and close with a strong finish!

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How To Write A Persuasive Introduction Paragraph

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