Building Reader Expectations
Building reader expectations helps your readers anticipate the content of your writing. This way, readers are not caught off guard by upcoming details. You can build your readers' expectations by:
- Informing readers of what you are writing about within the first two paragraphs. A specific problem statement or thesis prepares readers for what will follow.
- Telling readers the order in which you will discuss your topic. For example, "In this proposal, I first provide a literature review, followed by my original research."
- Stating three ideas when you say three ideas exist. For example, "Faculty members voiced three opposing arguments."
- Providing a table of contents for longer reports.