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									Writing An Introductory
Paragraph
English 101
Mrs. Atkinson
Begin Your Introduction with an
Opener/Hook/Attention Grabber
   Types of Attention Getters
       Open with an unusual detail
       Open with a strong statement
       Open with a quotation
       Open with an anecdote
       Open with a statistic or fact
       Open with a question
       Open with an exaggeration or outrageous statement
       Example:
           Throw out the bottles and boxes of drugs in your house.
       For more information:
           http://www.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/yorba/persuasive_writing.htm
Topic or Purpose
   Give your reader a clear understanding of
    what your paper will be about.
       Give background on your topic.
       Define the issue or topic if necessary.
       Example:
           A new theory suggests that medicine could be bad for
            your health, which should at least come as good news
            to people who cannot afford to buy expensive
            medicine.
Motive
   The motive is a sentence which gives the reader a
    reason to care about your topic.
       This sentence explains why your thesis is interesting, non-
        obvious, and/or contestable.
       This sentence gives your reader a reason to care about
        your topic.
       Example:
           A new theory suggests that medicine could be bad for your
            health, which should at least come as good news to people who
            cannot afford to buy expensive medicine.
Thesis Statement
   This is the claim you are making about your topic.
   The thesis clearly states your position on your topic.
   This sentence is usually place near the end of your
    introduction.
   Example:
       This new theory argues that healing is at our fingertips:
        we can be healthy by doing Reiki on a regular basis.
Road Map
   This sentence will outline the main ideas you
    will discuss in your paper.
Activity
   For decades, Americans could not help but love the
    red-headed, fun loving Little Orphan Annie. The
    image of the little girl moving so quickly from
    poverty to wealth provided hope for the poor in the
    1930’s, and her story continues to be a dream of
    what the just future might hold. The rags-to-riches
    phenomenon is the heart of the American Dream.
    And few other people have embodied this
    phenomenon as much as Andrew Carnegie did in the
    late 1800s and early 1900s. His example and
    industry caused him to become the father of middle-
    class America.
Introductory Paragraph Outline
   Opener. ____________________ is defined as
    __________________________________________
    __________________________________________
    __________________________________________
    _________________ ( ). Motive. Thesis statement.
    Reasons for this are:
    (1)________________________,
    (2)________________,
   (3)____________________________,
    (4)______________________, and
    (5)___________________________________.
Questions
   How will I grab my readers’ attention?
    (Opener)
   What is my topic or issue? (Topic/Purpose)
   Why should my readers care? (Motive)
   What is my position on the issue? (Thesis)
   How will I prove my thesis? What are my
    reasons/main ideas? (Road Map)

								
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