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									                   How to write an
               Introductory paragraph
                               “One today is worth two tomorrows.”
                                                    Ben Franklin




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          When you write an introductory
          paragraph, keep in mind that . .
                               . paragraph is like
         • Writing an introductory
               greeting someone. The paragraph should be
               short and to the point like saying, “Hello!”

         • Also, you don’t want to get into the meat of
               the essay. Simply give the audience a
               concise idea of your essay’s purpose.
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          Remember that the introductory
               paragraph . . .
                   • Is the most important paragraph of the
                     essay
                   • Must be at least 50 words long or three
                     sentences minimum
                   • Needs to do three things
                               – Briefly introduce the topic
                               – Cleary state your position
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                               – Provide three reasons         3
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          Even though there are several
            ways to begin an essay, I
         recommended that you choose
        one particular method and perfect
                        it.
                      Why?
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                             Because
                    if you keep using the same
                      method, you will . . .
         • Become an expert in this particular method.

         • Moreover, if you already know how you
               will begin your essay, you will be more
               prepared, relaxed, and confident.

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                           Let us consider different
                            types of introductory
                               paragraphs . . .
                   • General statement introduction

                   • Question introduction

                   • Quotation introduction
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       Examples of general statement
              introduction
   • Almost every time that you turn on the television
       you will find a number of shows which are
       extremely violent.

   • Many public schools have decided that their
       students should use uniforms.

   • In the United States of America the public burning
       of our flag has become a common sight.
              (These are three different example of how you can begin your
             paragraph. If you will notice in the first sentence you simply
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             introduce the topic. You do not state your position yet.)
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                  Examples of question
                     introduction
   • Are you ever bothered by the excessive violence
        on prime time television?

   • Do you think that to improve our public school
        education the students should be required to wear
        uniforms?

   • Should we allow citizens to burn the United States
        flag in public?
                (You can also begin your essay by asking a question.   A question
             usually takes you to the heart of the problem quickly.)
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                               Quotation introduction
    • A recent article in Time magazine states that the
      viewing of extremely violent television shows is
      the number one cause of violence in our inner
      cities.
    • The Monitor recently conducted a study and
      concluded that students in public schools where
      uniforms are mandatory have less problems and
      perform better academically.
    • A recent article in The Austin Statesman states
      that most Americans are very much against flag
      burning in public and are in favor of passing a law
      banning this activity.
           (Finally, you can begin an essay by providing some information from a
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           magazine or newspaper you might have read. This introduction is a bit more
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           difficult to write, but just as effective as the other ones.)
           In the next three slides you will
            view completed introductory
                     paragraphs.


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        General statement introduction
                       Today smoking is an issue
             which is on everybody’s mind.
             The whole country is divided
             on this issue. Some people
             believe that smoking should be
             banned everywhere while
             others are not so harsh.
             However, I believe that
             tobacco should be outlawed
             because smoking endangers
             everyone’s health, pollutes
             the environment, and drains
             us of valuable energy.( 57)
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                       Interrogatory introduction
             What do you think about
       banning smoking? The whole
       country is divided on whether
       smoking should be banned. I
       firmly believe that smoking
       should be outlawed because it
       endangers everyone’s health; it
       pollutes the environment, and
       it drains us of valuable energy.
       (41)

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             Quotation introduction
    In The Monitor it was recently
stated that smoking is the greatest
threat to our health. The whole
country is divided on this issue. I
believe that tobacco should be
outlawed because it endangers
everyone’s health; it pollutes the
environment, and it drains of
valuable resources. (49)


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                               Final reminders !!!!
      •      Be concise and to the point!
      •      Do not go into too much detail!
      •      At least 50 words minimum!
      •      You must do three things . . .
                 introduce topic
                 state position
                 provide reasons
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    Assignment:
      Please go to the main Blackboard page and go
      to the Essay assignment icon for the week’s
      writing assignment. Mr g




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     The next slides present a
          couple sample
     introductory paragraphs.

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      •        Do you think that college athletes should be
            paid more than just tuition? Many people believe
            that college athletes should get paid while others
            believe they should not. I adamantly believe that
            college athletes should be paid because they
            practice long hours; the schools are profiting
            through the athletes efforts, and this would make
            college life much less stressful for the athletes.

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