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ENGL 1301 K. Sanders Chapter 4 Notes Chapter 4 – Referential Purpose I. Introduction & Thesis Statements : a. For more information, see pgs. 24-26 & pgs. 31-37 in The Bedford Handbook . b. A thesis statement is the central idea or question that the paper will address or ask. “A thesis is often the answer to a question you have posed, the resolution of a problem you have identified, or a statement that takes a position on a debatable topic. A successful thesis points both the writer and the reader in a definite direction.” A thesis can appear anywhere in the introduction paragraph. c. An introduction paragraph is an opening to your paper and the topics it will discuss. The introduction should “hook” the reader by offering interesting details or observations about the subject that will be discussed. To do this you could use a startling statistic or an unusual fact, a vivid example, a description, a paradoxical statement, a quotation or a bit of dialogue, a question, and analogy, an anecdote. The
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