Introduction to Writing


Introduction Writing introduces students to how to write an introductory paragraph for an essay or other piece of writing. Students will learn about each of the components that make up an intro paragraph: hook, background information, and thesis. They will have a lot of opportunity to practice with the worksheets available at the end of the lesson. By the end, they will easily identify the parts of an introductory paragraph.

There are one suggestion in the “Options for Lesson” section that you may want to use when you deliver the lesson to your class. You can cut out different parts of an introductory paragraph from a magazine. After mixing the sentences up, have students try to put the paragraph back together correctly as they identify which component each sentence is. This could be a good way to demonstrate why the order of these sentences is important. They will more easily understand what should go next and why it makes sense.

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What our Introduction Writing lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Introduction Writing teaches students how to properly craft an introductory paragraph. Students will learn about the components that make up an intro: hook, background, and thesis statement. They will learn to recognize each of the components easily. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to write intros for various topics and purposes.

This lesson contains four content pages. They divide the information into four sections to make it easier for students to follow along. The first section discusses how to write an intro. Students will learn what structures make up an introduction, such as a hook and thesis statement. The second section specifically describes hooks and how to grab readers’ attention with hooks. Students will learn how to write hooks and find them in the intros of pieces of writing.

The third section details background information, and students will learn what type of information belongs in the background. The fourth section explains the concept of a thesis statement. Students will learn what a thesis state is and what it does for a paper.


Students will work in pairs on the activity worksheet. (You can have them work alone or in groups, however, if you prefer.) Students will cut out the sentences on the worksheet. They are part of a story about whales but are all out of order. Students must glue them in the correct order to a sheet of paper. They will write A, B, T, or X next to the sentences depending on what they represent. For instance, they will only put a T next to one sentence which is the thesis statement. They will write X next to sentences that don’t fit in the introductory paragraph.


For the practice worksheet, students will read two introductions. They will answer a couple of questions for each one to figure out if either gives away too much information.


The homework assignment requires students to write an intro paragraph to an essay on the history of a sport. They can choose any sport they want. They will answer a few questions to help them organize the information that they want to include. For example, they will write the thesis, figure out two main points, and create a hook. Once they fill out the questions, they will write their paragraph.

Additional information


3rd Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.