Writing Introductions

Learn how to write a great introduction!

Learning to write an effective introduction is very important when crafting explanatory texts. Without a good introduction, readers may find it difficult to understand the topic at hand or the general purpose of the text. For children learning explanation writing, understanding the attributes of a compelling introduction and the techniques to create one is essential.

In this guide, we'll explore valuable writing tips to empower your child to create effective introductions for their explanatory texts.

What makes a good introduction?

A well-written introduction to an explanation text starts by capturing the reader’s attention. This can be achieved through a compelling hook, an intriguing fact, a thought-provoking question, or an engaging statement.

Beyond grabbing the reader's interest, the introduction provides any essential background information needed to understand the whole piece. It should offer a sneak peek into the key points to be discussed or the questions that will be addressed, encouraging the audience to read on.

Remember: Explanation writing pieces should not contain personal opinions. They should instead provide readers with factual information.

Tips for writing a good introduction

Here are some tips to help your child write their next introduction:

  1. Get your child to use a hook in the first sentence - one that immediately grabs the reader’s attention by highlighting the intriguing points they’re about to explore! Ask them to focus on what makes the rest of their text interesting or valuable to their readers.
  2. Encourage your child to use linking words and phrases to seamlessly connect their ideas, ensuring a smooth flow in their introduction. This creates a logical progression that keeps their readers engaged and eager to learn more.
  3. Ask your child to present their main points so that readers can use the introduction as a roadmap for what they can expect from the rest of the text. For example, providing a clear information layout, or explaining any technical language included in the text that readers may not be familiar with.
  4. Use effective sentence structure when writing a good introduction, as that’s the best way to captivate and inform their audience.

Example of a good introduction

How does a teleporting torch work?

As you may know, the Night Zookeeper uses a rather clever device to help protect the Night Zoo. It is called a Teleporting Torch. Firstly, in this article, I will explain how it works. Secondly, I will explain why it is so important in the fight against the Lord of Nulth.

Activity & resource

Encourage your child to practice writing a good introduction with this free resource:

Activity working on writing introductions

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