Writing Essay Introductions

The video presentation for this session outlines the 5 Golden Rules for writing an essay introduction then takes you through an example introduction paragraph to provide a practical demonstration of each rule. Additional resources are also provided to guide and support you with writing introductions, including a model of the 5 Golden Rules and an annotated exemplar of the example showcased in the video (both available for download) in addition to useful links to other web resources.


Below you will find two downloadable resources to help guide you when writing essay Introductions. The first is a model of the '5 Golden Rules for Writing Essay Introductions' and the second is an annotated exemplar of the sample Introduction outlined in the video which demonstrates each of the 5 Golden Rules in action!

Here are some useful weblinks to online resources which will help you write an essay introduction. The first link takes you to an Academic Phrasebank with a huge range of 'sentence starters' to help when you need to introduce work. The second link takes you to the essay writing tips on the Griffith Health Writing and Referencing Guide. The third link directs you to a resource to help you understand what different 'directive words' mean while the final link takes you to the Study Smart Assignment Writing resources on the Griffith Library website.

Manchester Academic Phrasebank – Introducing Work

Griffith Health Writing and Referencing Guide – Writing Your Essay – The Introduction

Understanding different directive words

Writing an Assignment

Griffith University - EnglishHELP Self-Help Resources
Griffith University - English Language Support
James Cook University - Develop Your English
RMIT Learning Lab - Academic Word List Tool
University of Adelaide - English as a Second Language Learning Resources
Curtin University Learning Centre - Better Grammar
Curtin University Learning Centre - Better Sentences
University of Technology Sydney - Grammar
La Trobe - Achieve@Uni - Language
Manchester Academic Phrasebank
BBC - Learning English