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To: CSR 406 From: R Feinberg Re: the first paragraph Assignment- review of brookgroup.com website The assignment- There are 2 website assignments. One is to review 5 different websites due at various times in the semester (you have done 2- Mary designs and Benchmarkportal) and will do brookgroup.com. The other is a more involved project where you will review three websites in great depth (this is due Nov 15) This little memo concerns what I want for your review of brookgroup.com and results from what I seen is a very weak ability to write first paragraphs…the most important part of the paper. So we will simply do first paragraphs for this assignment. In doing so I will be able to work with you to show you how a first paragraph is done. Review www.brookgroup.com but only write a first paragraph…not a 2 page paper. Now for some instruction. http://slc.otago.ac.nz/studyskills/ch4sect0.asp - very nice tutorial about many issues related to writing. Paragraph Focus – before I talk about the first paragraph let me talk about paragraphs. Before getting into the structure, it’s important to realize that paragraphs aren't simply a way of dividing a long piece of writing into manageable chunks (though they do that, too). Paragraphs give the whole essay its structure by organizing the information in a logical manner. To help do this, each paragraph focuses on one topic or idea. Occasionally, related ideas may be grouped into a single paragraph if they each take only a sentence or two to explain. In general, though, one idea/topic = one paragraph. The first paragraph This is the foundation of a paper. It is critical. It related to everything else that you say. The introductory paragraph should also include the thesis statement, a kind of mini-outline for the essay. This is where the writer grabs the reader's attention. It tells the reader what the paper is about. The last sentence of this paragraph must also include a transitional "hook" which moves the reader to the first paragraph of the body of the essay.
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Select a point- what is the point of the paper. What is it that you want your reader to know about this website at the end? You can’t say everything so pick the broad overriding thing. The point must be narrow enough to make it manageable within the requirements of the essay. Write a thesis sentence. Be sure the thesis statement(or sentence) expresses a controlling idea that is neither too broad nor too specific to be developed effectively Now write the first paragraph : An introductory paragraph should state the thesis of the essay, introduce the divisions in the body paragraphs of the essay, gain the interest of the reader
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course CSR 309 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Purdue.

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