What are some things that should be included in an introductory paragraph of an essay?
Introductions should begin with an attention grabber such as a quote or personal story to engage the reader's interest. They should also include a brief explanation of the topic and a summary (not detail) of the main points. It should conclude with a transition into the first point of the essay.
Describe the circumstances that led to the Spanish American war and some of its outcomes.
America's involvement came about as a result of sympathy for the cause of Cuban independence from the Spanish brought on by largely sensationalized news reports and culminating in the sinking of the USS Maine. The war marked an end to Spanish colonial rule in the Americas, thus increasing the US sphere of influence, as well the US acquisition of territories such as Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
What is the main way in which a transitional verb is different from other verbs?
Transitional verbs are secondary to the main action in a sentence. They describe something that is ongoing and does not necessarily affect the rest of the phrase.