The first paragraph of an essay should draw the interest of the reader to its topic. This is done by placing a hook (interesting fact, famous quote, etc.) at the beginning of an introduction. At the end of the paragraph, students usually place their thesis statements.
Many writers make the mistake of obsessing about the first paragraph of an essay, trying to get it right before they move on to the body. While "mapping out" your essay in the opening can be helpful to you as you write, it's not helpful if you're not yet sure what you have to say. Sometimes it's best to plunge into the body of the paper, write through all your ideas, and then step back and ask: What's my main point here? What's my essay really about?
Do We Indent The First Paragraph Of An Essay
This transitional words worksheet gives you a list of linking or connecting words commonly used in writing. The list is broken up into four sections. The upper left section gives transition words that are most often in the first paragraph of an essay. The upper right section gives transition words that are in the second paragraph of an essay.