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The introduction has three parts.

Part 1 introduces the topic and sets the context for the discussion. This grabs the interest of the reader and indicates why the topic is significant.

Part 2 contains a thesis statement or a statement of contention. This tells the reader what point this essay is going to make or what question the essay is trying to answer. 

Part 3 outlines the type and order of topics covered. It is like a road map for the reader.

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  • Academic Writing: Essay introductions
  • Academic Writing: Essay thesis

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