Free Essay Introduction

Catching the Reader’s Attention

A good essay begins with an invitation into a rich discussion. The writing is crafted in such a way that it sparks anticipation and excitement in the heart and mind of the reader. Simply stating your opinion or the topic of the essay will never accomplish this. Engaging writing requires thoughtful attention to creating a hook for the reader.

Hooks can be created in an infinite number of ways, but here is a list of approaches that often prove valuable. Note that this is a list that you have likely seen before (most schools provide such a list), but be sure to read on as it is in the implementation of these ideas that they either succeed or fail:

  • Start with a thought-provoking quotation.
  • Start with a thought-provoking question.
  • Tell a thought-provoking story.
  • Make a surprising statement.
  • Present a simile or a metaphor to introduce your essay topic.

Each of these options presents an approach to opening an essay that can work if it is implemented effectively. Of course, implementing them effectively is where things get tricky.

A Thought-Provoking Quotation:

Depending on the topic of your essay and the resources you have available, it can be very effective to begin with a direct quotation from a relevant source on your topic that brings up key ideas or presents controversial opinions. You, as the author, can then respond to them and establish your position in relation to this statement. Be certain the quotation you choose directly relates to your chosen topic.

A Thought Provoking Question

Opening essays with questions is dangerous because they only work if the question causes your reader to genuinely wonder about something. Simplistic or obvious questions turn your reader off, so try another approach unless you are sure you have a question that really ties your essay topic to something personal for the reader or to some intriguing idea in the world.

A Thought-Provoking Story

As a fiction writer, this is my personal favorite. There are two options available here. One approach is to tell a true story in close-up intimate detail that directly relates to your topic. The other option is to craft a story around the factual details of your topic and helps to humanize it—taking your reader into the personal human experience of someone in a given situation related to your subject. Simply be sure to tell the story well and don’t forget to craft the story in such a way that it leads directly to the central point of your essay.

Make a Surprising Statement

This one is also a tricky way to go unless you have come across a very striking fact or are dealing with a controversial subject. In order for this approach to work, the statement must include something that will genuinely surprise the reader, which is difficult to do. In addition to shock value, the statement must also have direct relevance to your topic so that a strong transition can still be made into your central argument.

Present a Simile or Metaphor

Similes and metaphors are among the most powerful linguistic devices available. When used well, they can bring profound interest and insight to a given topic. Using them well is, of course, the hard part. The trick to using them well is be sure that the nature of the symbol you use shares a great deal in common with the subtleties of the topic you are discussing. The broader and more specific those connections are, the stronger its linguistic power.

The very best way to use a simile or metaphor in an essay is to introduce it with the opening paragraph and then continue to weave the connections between the symbol and the subject throughout the entire essay, eventually bringing the idea back together in the conclusion to create a circular structure to the writing. This requires insightful thinking and hard writing work, but makes for an exceptional essay.

Clearly Establishing Your Purpose

With your reader’s attention now in place, you must be certain that you also directly address the question or prompt to which you have been asked to respond. A colorful and engaging opening story is all well and good, but it is worthless if it does not lead into a straight and clear statement of your thesis (also known as “topic sentence” or “position statement”).

Keep in mind that, contrary to what is often taught in elementary school, the opening paragraph does not necessarily require a complete listing of the main points of your essay, though that can be helpful at times. The only non-negotiable requirement for an introduction is a direct and clear statement of purpose somewhere within that first paragraph. With more creative openings, it generally occurs near the close of the first paragraph, anticipating the deeper explanations that take place in the body paragraphs of the essay. Feel free to be creative, but do not forget to directly address the question you have been asked!

Students are always looking for help when writing their academic college essays.  Whether you are searching for a specific essay topic, a title for your paper, or relevant sources to be used in the document, our website provides all the information you need to help you write a paper of high quality.  In this article, we will not only discuss what free essays are and how to use them, but we will provide you with examples on all the most popular topics, which were all completed in 2017 – meaning they have the latest information and resources.


Before we get started you first must know what a free essay is.  Basically this is a full completed document that is provided to you free of charge, with the purpose of using it for the following:

  • template = learning how to write your paper will be much easier when you have a template on your specific topic in front of you.
  • guideline = free essays include title recommendations, topics, outlines, introductions, bodies, and conclusions!
  • reference = all free essays include a works cited or bibliography page, which contains quality up-to-date research on a specific topic, perfect for helping you write your own essay.

Now that you know what you should use these free essays for, here are purposes you should not use them for:

  • handing in our free essays for academic credit (academic dishonesty)
  • copying paragraphs from the papers without giving credit to the author. (plagiarism)
  • selling our free essays to competitors and claiming you wrote it (stealing / theft of service)

What Comes in a Free Essay?

Not every free essay on our site is the same.  There are a number of different types of academic writing.  Term papers, research papers, essays, and creative writing assignments all have their own unique challenges and requirements.  We offer examples of all of them, so you can see the proper template for specific types of academic writing.

You may end up looking at multiple free essays to get the help and guidance you need.  Most of our free essays are in either MLA or APA style, because most academic writing is done in those two styles.  However, what if you find a free essay that can help you, but it is in a different academic style?  Then, you might want to look at a similar essay in the correct academic style to make sure that you are adhering to all of the style rules you need to follow.

Free essays also contain a great list of references.  One of the major challenges that students face when writing a research paper is compiling academically acceptable references to support their paper.  Our free essays contain a variety of different resources including books, magazines, academic journals, and websites.  All of these resources are carefully selected to meet the academic guidelines established by most educational institutions, giving our students a great starting place for their own research!

Free Essay Format

Determining the proper format for your essay is important.  The first thing you need to do is determine what style to use.  Most academic essays are in APA or MLA style.  Their formats are similar, but not identical.  Free essays are going to have the same format as an essay written for academic credit.  Therefore, you can look to them for guidance when choosing how to set up your own font, margins, pagination, title page, reference pages, and references.

-The font will be a simple, 12 pt. font, which is the default for academic writing.  Almost all of our essays are written in Times New Roman, because that is the fallback academic font.

-Free essays will be double spaced.

-Margins will be one-inch all around.

-Whether the free essay is written in APA or MLA style will make a difference for your title page.  However, the title page will give you an idea of the type of information you need on your own title page; just make sure you reference an example page from an essay in the correct format!

-Essays can be written in a number of formats.  However, academic essays almost always need to introduce a topic, provide support for the ideas from the introduction, and then provide a conclusion.  While you might choose a number of different ways to do that, you will find that almost all of our free essays are written in some variation of a standard five-paragraph format.             Why do we use the standard five-paragraph format?  Basically, we use it because it works.  While a five-paragraph style essay can have more than five paragraphs, the basic format will be: introduction, supporting paragraphs or body of the essay, conclusion.  The introduction serves as a preview for the rest of the essay; it introduces the topic, previews the supporting paragraphs, and states a thesis.  Each supporting paragraph discusses a broad idea and them gives specific support for that broad idea.  The conclusion is basically a restatement of the introduction.


The introduction of each of our free essays are all going to serve the same purpose.  The introduction will introduce the topic, give a position on the topic, and provide the reader with a preview of how the writer will support the topic.  An important part of the introduction is the thesis statement, which usually is in the last sentence or two of the introductory paragraph.

Thesis Statement

The thesis statement is a one-or-two sentence statement that performs multiple functions: 1) letting the reader know the topic; 2) controlling the rest of the paper; and 3) stating the writer’s conclusions about the topic.

Hook Sentence

The hook sentence will also be in the introduction of the free essay.  The job of a hook sentence is to encourage the reader to continue reading, so it needs to somehow pique the reader’s curiosity, usually by leading the reader to ask a question about the topic.  Each of our free essays will contain a hook designed to capture the reader’s interest.


The body of the essay is where you will find support for the thesis statement you find in the introduction.  The body will generally consist of a number of paragraphs, each one providing support for a statement or idea that we introduced in the paper’s introduction.


The conclusion of the free essay will roughly mirror the information found in the paper’s introduction.  It will restate the thesis statement, revisit the main ideas of the essay, and end with a concluding statement.  The nature of the concluding statement will vary depending on the type of essay, but may include a call to action, a question for further research, or simply a conclusion from the facts presented in the essay.

Reference Page

The reference page will be an alphabetized list of the resources that we referenced in the essay.  How they will be presented will depend on whether the paper is in MLA or APA format.  The references will generally include author last name and either the first name or initial, the title of the work, the title of any containers for the work, the date of publication, the page numbers, and any website page or URL, if applicable.

General Writing Rules

In addition, you can feel confident that our free essays are going to follow all of the conventions for academic writing.  They will be written in active voice, using plain writing, without contractions or slang, and using a varying sentence structure.  They will also be spell-checked and grammar checked.  This is an important tip to follow in your own writing; in this day-and-age of spell-check, it is unacceptable to turn in a paper with simple spelling or grammatical errors!

Free Essay Outline

Many, but not all, of our free essays include outlines.  Outlines are an invaluable tool for writers, because a well-crafted outline can greatly simplify the writing process.  Even if our free essays do not have an outline, you can work backwards and create an outline from the free essay.  Following that template, you can write your own unique paper.

The basic outline for our free essays is as follows;

I.  Thesis statement

A.  Point 1

B.  Point 2

C.  Point 3

II.  Point 1

A.  Supporting evidence 1

B.  Supporting evidence 2

C.  Supporting evidence 3

III.  Point 2

A.  Supporting evidence 1

B.  Supporting evidence 2

C.  Supporting evidence 3

IV.  Point 3

A.  Supporting evidence 1

B.  Supporting evidence 2

C.  Supporting evidence 3

V.  Conclusion

A.  Point 1

B.  Point 2

C.  Point 3

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We know that writing essays can be intimidating, even for the best students.  That is why we offer a free essay service.  Whether you need a template for your own essay, to find out more about a current event, or simply to understand how essays are written, we hope you can use our free essays to help you achieve your academic goals.


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