This video takes the viewer through a simple, step-by-step process for writing a compelling introduction to an argumentative essay. According to the author, an ideal introduction should begin with detailing the subject matter of the essay, and should provide the background information on the issue being discussed in the essay. The introduction should be very clear about the conclusion that the author of the essay is alluding at. One of the major problems with student essays is that their introductions leave the reader rather confused about the conclusion that the author is trying to reach, making it all the more important that the conclusion be stated as clearly as possible in the introduction. Finally, a word of caution. Do not include any arguments in the introduction. They belong strictly in the main body of the essay.