Every essay or assignment you write must begin with an introduction. It might be helpful to think of the introduction as an inverted pyramid. In such a pyramid, you begin by presenting a broad introduction to the topic and end by making a more focused point about that topic in your thesis statement. The goals of an introduction are to: get your reader’s attention, provide any necessary background information before you state your thesis (often the last sentence of the introductory paragraph), establish why you are writing the paper. Easy peasy!