Paragraph Structure: The Introduction:
Here’s a guide you can use and adapt as needed when writing a response paper introduction:
First Sentence: Opening – something snappy. An attention grabber or a question. This is your billboard, it’s the first thing a reader is going to read. Make it count.
Second Sentence: This should tie your first sentence to the subject of your paper. For example:
Have you ever felt like beating someone over the head with a musical instrument? In Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Katerina does just that (and I, vicariously, feel the stress leaving my body).
Third Sentence: This leads to your thesis. Behold:
But don’t let Katerina’s fiery temper fool you, there’s more to her that meets the eye.
Fourth Sentence: Thesis.
After reading the play, thinking about it, and doing a little bit of investigation, I’ve grown to believe she’s a wickedly divine genius.
Fifth Sentence: This is your road map. It has your supporting points.
Katerina appears to be brighter than the average savage beast that she presents us with early on in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew because of her wit, her intelligence, and her ability to turn a given situation to work in her favor.
Sixth Sentence: Transition sentence.
I liked this play because I interpreted it as Shakespeare giving his audience a strong and intelligent (though highly temperamental) leading lady.
After this you will talk about how she is intelligent, how she is witty, how she takes advantages of given situations by devoting a body paragraph to each.
Of course, you won’t use my example if you aren’t writing about Billy’s play. That wouldn’t make much sense.