The topic I have chosen to write about for this paper is how I use math in my life both as a child and as an adult.
I use math to balance my checkbook and to budget my monthly expenses as an adult.
Next the writer “announces” her topic by stating, “The topic I have chosen to write about…” Although it is necessary to introduce your specific topic, you want to avoid making generic announcements that reference your assignment.
This technique is not as sophisticated and may distract the reader from your larger purpose for writing the essay.
In such a pyramid, you begin by presenting a broad introduction to the topic and end by making a more focused point about that topic in your thesis statement.
The introduction has three essential parts, each of which serves a particular purpose.“A penny saved is a penny earned,” the well-known quote by Ben Franklin, is an expression I have never quite understood, because to me it seems that any penny—whether saved or spent—is still earned no matter what is done with it.My earliest memories of earning and spending money are when I was ten years old when I would sell Dixie cups of too-sweet lemonade and bags of salty popcorn to the neighborhood kids.Every essay or assignment you write must begin with an introduction.It might be helpful to think of the introduction as an inverted pyramid.From that early age, I learned the importance of money management and the math skills involved.I learned that there were four quarters in a dollar, and if I bought a non-food item—like a handful of balloons—that I was going to need to come up with six cents for every dollar I spent.In the introduction above, the opening line does not serve to grab the reader’s attention.Instead, it is a statement of an obvious and mundane fact. A more effective attention grabber may point out a specific, and perhaps surprising, instance when adults use math in their daily lives, in order to show the reader why this is such as important topic to consider.Instead, you might try to make the reader see why this is such an important topic to discuss.Finally, this sample introduction is lacking a clear thesis statement.