Begin with a very short narrative or anecdote that has a direct bearing on your paper.
Ex: A family of ten wakes up in a broken down tent, surrounded by hundreds of other families in Hooverville, a tent city named after Herbert Hoover, the Presidenbt often blamed for the Great Depression.
2. background information needed (When was the Great Depression; What is an interment camp; Which women in the 1950’s are you discussing—rich, middle-class, poor, What is the cold War, when did it take place
3. Thesis statement is the last sentence of the introduction.
What not to do
Do not use first person (I, me, my, mine)
Do not say “In this essay I will…
Do not say “ I’m going to tell you about…”
Do not get into detailed information—save this for the body of the paper
Do not use contractions
Do not use slang
Do not use lame adjectives—nice, big, little, a lot,
Attn Getter: John and Joan Miller have saved for three years to buy a home in which they can comfortably raise their new baby. They meet with realtors, cruise the neighborhoods, and finally find a home to meet their needs. However, after lengthy meetings with banking officials, they find the home of their dreams is beyond their means.
Despite the difficulties that they have faced, Joan and John Miller have continued to save and hope to find a home before their baby enters the kindergarten.