How to Start a Paragraph

Updated: Aug 13, 2020


I cut my finger cutting vegetables! No, I didn’t- but I DID get your attention. That’s how you want to start your paragraph. Well, not EXACTLY those words! Instead, you want to grab the reader’s attention, of course. How do I do that, Lori? Excellent question, let’s begin.

Let’s imagine it’s the day of the writing test and you have your topic sitting in front of you. First, the basics: you understand the topic, know what the question is asking, and you have a plan. That’s a wonderful starting point. However, how will you capture the reader’s attention? How you do that is up to you, but here’s a nice piece of advice: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t write: I’m going to write about ____________. It will literally be the fastest way to put any reader to sleep. Oh, and it also can hurt your score! Since we don’t want that to EVER happen, think of a clever or new way to introduce the topic. Your (relevant) ideas will follow.

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