IDENTIFYING TYPES OF INTRODUCTIONS Directions: Answer questions about each of the six examples below of introductions. See page 341 to help with attention-grabbing techniques (hooks). 1. By taking a first look at me, many times people think of me as a shy person who likes to stay at home. By a first impression, I seem to try too hard to make someone like me, yet I feel that whatever I do always backfires. Some people may also think that I am a cautious person who does not seem approachable. But these characteristics do not apply to who I really am at all. By taking a closer look, people should see a well groomed, conservatively-dressed young woman with a friendly and ambitious personality. What type of introduction contrast, funnel, or outline? What is the thesis? Is it outline or implied? 2. I have been taught that my character and reputation are the most important aspects of life. My parents have pushed me to become the best I can be, to become someone I can be proud to be. Clearly, honesty shows in my everyday life. Also, without the generosity my dad has taught me my friends would be lost. However, my reputation rests most powerfully on my sense of humor. These attributes best define me. What type of introduction is this—contrast, funnel, or outline? What is the thesis? Is it outline or implied? 3. Raymond Hull once said, “He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle away himself.” As these words suggest, we often become overwhelmed by our bad habits and focus on becoming someone other than who we are. For the past few weeks by examining my life, I have found attributes that I can take pride in having. I have come to realize from the way I present myself to my friendliness and generosity that I am not ashamed to be who I truly am. What type of introduction is used—funnel, contrast or outline? What does the writer use to grab the reader’s attention? What is the thesis? Is it outline or implied? 4. Mrs. Boswell told me three times to remove my jacket because it was not in line with the uniform policy. Five minutes later after I complied with her wishes, she pointed out that my friend Alan was wearing illegal cargo pants. By the time she finished dealing with his problem and reporting him to the principal, at least fifteen minutes of class was lost, and the class was in a state of total boredom. Such daily occurrences around school clearly suggest that the school uniform policy should be abolished because it makes school boring, causes problems in class, and takes too much time to enforce. What type of introduction is used—funnel, contrast, or outline? What does the writer use to grab the attention of the reader? What is the thesis? Is it outline or implied? 5. Parents seem to think that school uniforms solve their shopping problems for their teens. Teachers suggest that uniforms make students feel equal somehow. School administrators insist that uniforms make their school look neater and professional. These opinions obviously drive the mandate for school uniforms. These people are entitled to their opinions. In spite of these good intentions, the school uniforms should be abolished because they make school boring, cause problems in class, and require too much time to enforce. What type of introduction—contrast, funnel, outline? What is the thesis? Is it outline or implied? 6. Blonde hair and blue eyes with just a slight glimmer of pink blush on my cheeks, I present the image of a feminine teenage girl, dressed in a pink knit dress that delicately clings to my slim figure and highlights my pink cheeks and summer tan. I am rather proud of how I look, but there is much more to me underneath my physical appearance. Beneath this attractive appearance, others should recognize a young woman of deep faith, of dedication to hard work, and of scholarly intelligence. What type of introduction is used—contrast, funnel, or outline? What device does the writer use to capture the reader’s attention? What is the thesis? Is it outline or implied?
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