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o Make a commitment to readers, that is, introduce your main idea in a way that promises to follow up with more information. This is often found in the paper's thesis statement.
'A thesis is a sentence (or sometimes two or three sentences) that explicitly identifies the point of the paper.'
o Get the readers' attention and interest them in reading more.
o Signal to readers what direction your project will take. Set the tone.
o Provide a general introduction to the topic of the paper.
This consists of background information about the topic (dates, statistics, scenarios, etc.) that will help familiarize your readers with your content.

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