Writing the introductory paragraph

Unless your teacher or professor requires you to do so ... 

 

You do not need to write a long introductory paragraph for your in-class or out-of-class papers.

 

Instead, write a one- or two-sentence introduction, with one more sentence — your thesis statement — at the end of this paragraph.

 

In other words, the total number of sentences in your introduction will be, except in rare instances, two or three.