Essay Introductions

Aim: this exercise is to help you to remember the structure and content of the introduction to an academic essay, and to practise your grammar.

Writing introductions
When writing any kind of text, your introduction is very important because it will make either an immediately positive or negative impression on your reader(s). An effective introduction may consist of one or more paragraphs and the information will be sequenced in four or more basic steps. Generally speaking, an effective introduction:
    1. introduces the topic of the piece of writing
    2. provides any necessary definitions of terms in the topic
    3. provides any necessary background information on the topic
    4. gives the reader a clear overview of what will be discussed and in what order


  • Read the words in the following box.
  • When you have finished, click the 'Start Exercise' button. The words will disappear, and each letter will be replaced by an underline.
  • Fill in the box with a word that you think was in the text. Use your memory and your knowledge of grammar and sentence structure to help you.
  • Then either press 'Enter' or click the ? button beside the box to check if the word is correct.
  • Continue until you have re-built the complete text.
  • You can use the Tips buttons below the text if you need help, but this will reduce your score.



Type the words in here:
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Last updated on: Friday, March 23, 2012