To gain access to electronic supplement: wr 2100, section 001. If writing for anything that has a voluntary reader (magazine) might want to include hook. Should be a group of sentences that can stand alone. It should inform the reader just what the paper is, and what the paper"s about. It"ll make an assertion about the topic in a persuasive paper. There is a difference between a statement of fact and an assertion (a position of argument, not a fact) Also will contain a forecast statement: offers a concise overview of the main ideas that will develop the arguments. * conclude the introduction paragraph with thesis. It"s the most important sentence in your essay. Example of thesis: the nhl must deter on-ice violence through the strict and consistent enforcement of rules. To do so, it must clearly distinguish between acceptable physical contact and acts of violence.