Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss how to write an engaging introductory paragraph.First impressions are very important. That's true whether or not you're meeting someone face to face, or writing your paper and handing it in. So make sure you make that first impression by piquing your reader's interest. Consider that introductory paragraph the hook, and hook someone in right away by coming up with a fascinating fact or anecdote, or a trivia fact that you learned along the way while doing your research. You've got loads of information in your research, so scan through and come up with something to start your paper off with right off the bat.Know your audience. When you're writing your paper, think about who will be reading it. Will it be family or friends; will it be a teacher or group of teachers; or perhaps it's a paper that other students will be reading or judging or grading.In addition to the hook/joke/anecdote, you'll need to summarize the information about your paper in that introductory paragraph. So keep in mind that even when having a little bit of fun and being creative, you need the facts, the information, and you need to sum up your main point in that introductory paragraph. Once you've written that introductory paragraph which has your hook and the supporting information, make sure to run it by someone who's similar to that target audience you're writing for. For example, if it's being written for someone who has no familiaritywith the subject matter, then run it by someone in the family and see if they can still follow your argument.Next, finish your paper. Finish the entire paper, the introduction, the body, the conclusion. And then go back and reread that introduction and see if it works as part of the entire paper. Finally, be sure to proofread. Not just that introductory paragraph, but that entire paper as well. Make sure that first impression is a good one - not just in terms of theme and creativity, but also structure, grammar and format.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.