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Introduction Paragraph HelpIntroduction ParagraphsPurpose of an introduction - Get the reader to think about your ideas and focus their attention on your ideas- Clearly introduce your claim to the reader- Communicate what the reader can expect from reading your essayParts of an introduction - In the opening, you are engaging the reader in thinking about your topic. - In the bridge, you are getting more specific about your topic and defining its scope in this essay.- Both the opening and the bridge lead the reader to your claim, a sentence or two that clearly communicates an idea that you will explain or argue in your essay. It is THEE IDEA that everything else in the essay is focused on. Without a claim, you do not have an essay.- The introduction should always be focused on your purpose for writing and the needs of your audience.OPENINGThe purpose of your opening is to make your reader think about what you are writing and get their attention focused on your ideas. Choose the style that is most appropriate for your purpose and the needsof your audience. STORY/ANECDOTE
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- A short, personal story can set the tone and connect with your claim - It can also be seen as writing about a situation in real life that involves your main idea - For literary analysis essay, you can tell a story in your own words from the literatureFACT - A fact, or set of facts, that relate to subject and help make your point - Be sure to show the connection to your thesisSERIES of QUESTIONS - A series of 3 questions can draw your reader into your ideas - Each question asks the reader to think more deeply about the subject - “Have you ever...? Well, I have.”This is off the table! Don’t do it! WAKE-UP CALL - Present the reader with an alarming situation/scenario that they need to wake-up to - Create a sense of urgency and a “need to read” DIALOGUE - Exchange of words between two people that will help illustrate your thesis - For literary analysis, you could use a key exchange between characters QUOTATIONS - From famous people or from grandma, something that someone said that shows insight and
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relates to thesis - For literary analysis, you could use a key quote from a character or narrator BRIDGEThe purpose of the bridge is to connect your opening with your claim. You may want to introduce the broad (big, general) topic you are writing about, then narrow it down to a more specific topic you will focuson. When writing about literature....Your broad topic might relate to the more general question of the prompt without mentioning a specific text or author. Then you might narrow the topic to a specific text or texts. Give context for how the larger topic is addressed by a specific author or authors. When writing about an informational text... Your broad topic would likely introduce the issue being discussed. (For example, if the topic is “stand yourground” laws, you would explain what these are, as well as their history in the United States). Then you might narrow the topic to a specific focus by briefly outlining both sides of the issue, without taking a side.
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