Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Introduce yourself...

Source: WordNet (r) 1.7

introduction

n 1: the first section of a communication
2: the act of beginning something new
3: formally making a person known to another or to the public
4: a basic or elementary instructional text
5: a new proposal
6: the act of putting one thing into another

An introduction in writing is a tricky thing. Just as the definition implies, it is the first impression, the new proposal, the act of putting one thing into another (your thesis into your paper's body). Your job is to make the reader desire to read the rest of the paper. Just as a personal introduction to someone gives a first impression and leads you to desire further contact with that person, the intro to your paper leads the reader to want to learn more. There are some links at the end of this post to help with the process.

Please comment on an experience with a good or a bad first impression.

Strategies for starting your intro.

Intro and conclusion info... pay special attention to the "elaboration" sentence info.

Great info. with examples

23 comments:

Calliek03 said...

In elementary school you would get who was in your class a couple weeks before school. Well in fifth grade i got my class and started crying because none of those people were my friends. All of my reactions about those people were based on first impressions so i went into it thinking that it was going to be an awful year.It turned out great and i became best friends with all of them.

Mitchell M 6 said...

First impressions are important because that is usually how you will remeber things but people can definitely make up for bad first impressions.

carletonw1 said...

Well, my worst first impression on anyone would have to be my first impression on my new boss, Jay. I had left the Taziki's on 280 because I had personality conflicts with the manager (he was mean and yelled frequently). Lucky for me the owner still loved me and so he sent me down to the Taziki's at the Colonade...my first impression on Jay was that I had just quit my job over the telephone...no 2 weeks notice or anything. I now love my job though and have earned a good reputation--all is well.

ally irwin said...

I definitely think the introduction is the most important part of a paper. I like it when introductions start out with stories or things that have happened to the writer. I would like to comment on the first impression I got from you, Mrs. Caldwell. I was so scared after the first day in your class! I remember you telling us that you came from a school where the classes were 2 hours long and you were going to pack everything into our 50 minute period. English has, in the past, been my hardest subject and I was very worried. But I love it now!

AbbyW5 said...

One time, when I had first started dating this guy, I was going to his house for like the thrid time ever. I was taking him a milkshake because he was in the middle of exams. As I was walking up his front steps, his mom greeted me from the front door and when I looked up to say hey, I busted on the steps and spilled chocolate milkshake all over there front porch. It was such an embarrassing disaster.

Anonymous said...

first impressions are the most important things. they are usually what follow you around. when someone meets you they immediately judge you even if it is not the right thing. - BakerB3

GriffB5 said...

My first impression on Mrs. Caldwell was good. She thought I was just like any other student, and didn't actually grade my work and gave me a hundrend on everything. Now she knows that I am a slacker and she grades all of my work instead of giving me a hundered like everyone else.

philipr5 said...

First impressions are important but are often times misleading and may not show you who the person you are meating truly is.

DorieF5 said...

So I was trying out for the golf team for the first year, and I found out that our coach was the basketball coach, Coach Cornelius. I FREAKED out!! he looked so mean and whenever I saw him was at the basketball games where he was screaming and getting mad at the players. I guess I went to the wrong game. Anyways, it ends up that Coach Cornelius is the nicest and most understanding man I have ever met, and I would never choose to have another golf coach; he is wonderful! that's all though, see you tomorrow b-cal!

stus6 said...

First impressions are important because that is usually how you will remeber things but people can definitely make up for bad first impressions.

stus6 said...

First impressions are important because that is usually how you will remeber things but people can definitely make up for bad first impressions.

austinm1 said...

When I went to visit Sewanee, I had a very bad first impression. Right when I walked into the dorm room of the guy I was staying with, I saw a bunch of liquor bottles and posters of naked girls all over the room--not to mention the first conversation we had which was about whether or not I drink. He and his roommate tried recalling their fond memories of the night before, but it was actually morning because they said they didn't get home until 6:00 am. Now I know there is lots of partying at every college, and I don't have a problem with that, but I think I would have liked to at least know this guys name before I got to see/hear about their life at Sewanee.

carolineh5 said...

So this is a phenominal first impression. I was at this debutant ball for my older sister in Tenesse, and I was sitting with my dad who was talking to someone that I later learned was his old fraternity brother. Anyway, the man told me that they were bringing krystal hamburgers at midnight, for people to eat. I said something along the lines of o gross, I hate krystal. Later that night my dad told me that that man owned every Krystal in the south east. I felt really stupid. Great first impression.

ColeT3 said...

The new assistant coach of track, coach everett, made a great first impression. During cross country(which i don't run) he was in charge of the offseason program, which is usually like a free period but not this year. Coach Everett is a 3 time olympian and 12 time national champion as a 400/800 runner. From 1987 to 2000 he was known as one of the best middle distance runners in the world. Oh and by the way he runs a 4.2 fourty, which is sick. He told us that we were going to work harder than any team in the state, and believe me we did. He is one of the most intense people you will ever meet, and the whole team is better because of him.

Addie said...

I personally think that in order to give a first impression you have to be nice to the other person and smile. There is a quote that says, "A smiles contagious so lets start an epidemic"

carolineb1 said...

First impressions are so important. Not only is it the first impression it is the ONLY impression. Fortunately if you expect that you will be seeing them again you can usually regain your reputation. First impressions can be great but if you catch someone on a bad night or they catch you on a bad night first impressions can also be less than satisfactory.

Leeb3 said...

First impressions are the most important. Many people say that your first impression of something still stays in your brain for many years to come. The introduction is therefore the most important part of the paper.

Rachaelw5 said...

A bad first impression? Hmmmm...let's see. The first time I met my boyfriend's parents, I accidentally called his step dad by the wrong last name. That was pretty embarrasing. My boyfriend and his best friend both looked at me and whispered the correct name....I felt really stupid. No worries though, I've got it right now.

MaxT6 said...

my first impression of mrs caldwell was, "wow, i think this lady is an uptight jerk and im gonna hate her" i even went home and told my mom that (using much more colorful language). But now i guess shes okay.

jonathann6 said...

For the past 13 years, my dad has always given me the "first impressions" talk right before school. He always says that my first impression to a teacher will affect the rest of the year in that class. Even though I don't completely agree with that statement, I still think that first impressions are important.

JackEM1 said...

It is very hard to overcome a first impression. There is about a five minute frame when I pretty much form my opinion about you, I'm sorry. I try not to do it and I always try to give a good impression.

walkerd3 said...

I think first impressions are very important because it's how someone looks at you. It tells the person how you are and the way you act. So you always want to make a good first impression so dont mess it up.

charlotteg3 said...

The worst first impression that I have ever had was when I met my counselor on the first day of camp. She yelled at all of us and I cried and thought that I would hate her, but she ended up being the best counselor that I have ever had.