The Structure of a Claim
To do something hastily so as to save time or resources, usually with an outcome of inferior quality as a result.
Example: “As I was finishing my writing assignment, I was tempted to cut corners so that I could go out earlier, but I knew that this would only result in more work later.”
Writing an introduction should come near the end of the composition process, because it is difficult to introduce something well until you know exactly what it will be and how it will appear in its final form. When done at the right time, however, introductions are not difficult to craft effectively. One way to do so is to address your topic immediately, establish, common ground with your intended readership, point out a motivation or need for your argument and then state your principal claim. Introductions to academic essays frequently adhere to such a formula, which can be summarized as: Common Ground -> Problem Statement + Context -> Thesis Statement.
Being a form of discourse, argumentation involves engaging or anticipating other perspectives on the topic at hand. It thereby follows that in argument-driven writing one must determine the best ways to address those perspectives, inform readers of their relevance and respond to them in a way that supports one’s claims. The list below should give you some ideas for how to do so.