Lecture12-IntroductoryParagraph - Introductory Paragraphs...

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Introductory Paragraphs – Some Dos and Don’ts Purpose Reveal their essay’s central idea or thesis Guide readers to important ideas in the body of the essay Provide relevant background information to help readers understand the essay’s purpose and thesis Spark an interest in readers to make them continue reading Get into the topic and let your reader perceive your purpose in the topic sentence of your beginning paragraph. Dos Strategies which usually work: o Ask questions which will be answered in your text o Use an unusual fact or piece of evidence that will make your reader curious. o Highlight a startling or unusual piece of information that triggers the reader’s interest and that is related to the purpose of the essay. o Develop a description of a person, place, or concept that will be explored in the essay o Present background information that will intrigue the reader and will also serve as a foundation for your thesis and the rest of the essay. Concrete Examples of Introductions 1. Direct Openers: may be general statement expressing a controlling idea. Should be clear and concise. o Poor: Looking at different types of liquor advertisements, one can see that different methods to get the consumer to buy their products. o
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