First, you need a topic sentence. Your topic sentence should get the reader ready to read what’s coming. You might try to "hook" the reader with a quote, a question, or an interesting piece of information. "Have you ever eaten a sundae so big that it almost toppled over before you could finish?" Another option is to use a topic sentence that simply tells the reader what you’ll be talking about. For example, "My three favorite foods are spaghetti, pizza, and jelly beans." This kind of topic sentence makes it easy to separate your paper into paragraphs. Or, you might want to use an action statement like this, "We practiced all week to get ready for the big game." Try to avoid introductions such as, "Hi my name is . . and I’m going to tell you about . ."
1 Historical review: Some topics are better understood if a brief historical review of the topic is presented to lead into the discussion of the moment. Such topics might include "a biographical sketch of a war hero," "an upcoming execution of a convicted criminal," or "drugs and the younger generation." Obviously there are many, many more topics that could be introduced by reviewing the history of the topic before the writer gets down to the nitty gritty of his paper. It is important that the historical review be brief so that it does not take over the paper.