Introductions to avoid when teaching students how to

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popularity in the Western United States, its health benefits, and finally to the actual thesis statement. Introductions to Avoid When teaching students how to write an introduction, teach them to avoid the following: 1) Cliches: Dead expressions will lose the audience. 2) The Definition of a Well Known Word: High school writers love defining words in the introduction that everybody over the age of three knows.
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3) The Announcement Introduction: In this description of an announcement introduction, I’m giving you an example of an announcement introduction; then I’m going to tell you how annoying the announcement introduction is and how nobody will continue reading because you just told them what they need to know. 4) The Space Alien/Future Archeologist/Time Traveler Introduction: If a future archeologist looked at this reason he would ask himself why on Earth am I so popular. This introduction type is a subset of the cliché. 5) The “In Common” Introduction: What do Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O’Donnel, Elizabeth Taylor and my mailman Bob have in common? They’ve all fallen victim to one of the ten biggest fitness mistakes (Be sure to read the previous statement in annoying announcer voice.). NOTE: The thesis statement should come at the end of the introduction for short essays (less than six pages). For essays greater than six pages, add a thesis paragraph after the introduction that contains the thesis statement and an outline of the points you are going to cover.
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