Blog 15 - Interrogative Introduction

Anything to Say?

University of Washington

Acts of Inquiry, University of Washington, 2013

" . . . invites readers into the conversation of your essay by asking one or more questions, which the essay goes on to answer."

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        Interrogative Introductions, like Narrative ones, work when somebody has something to say.  Asking questions for question's sake only makes you spin in circles, but knowing what you want to ask makes all the difference.  

        The problem with asking a question is relevance.  If nobody has thought about the issue -- or cares -- then asking a question leaves the writer without a place to turn.  The key, then, to writing a good Interrogative Intro comes from asking the right question.  

        The trick is abstraction (big ideas).  Rather than saying, "Have you ever wanted to do dishes better?", you might say, "Have you ever felt alone?"  It's so broad, most people can find common ground. 


  1. Find two opposing from your readings this week
  2. Look over the They Say/I Say Templates (Signaling Who is Saying What Section)
  3. Write an Interrogative Introduction that sets up your topic, theme, and argument

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