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1 Writing an Introductory Paragraph Modified from PowerPoint by Jose Gonzalez

2 Keep In Mind Writing an introductory paragraph is like greeting someone. The paragraph should be short and to the point like saying, Hello. Also, you dont want to get into the details of the essay. Give the audience a concise idea of your essays purpose.

3 Remember that the introductory paragraph… Is the most important paragraph of the essay Should be at least 3 sentences long Needs to accomplish 3 things –Briefly introduce the topic –Clearly state your position –Provide 3 reasons

4 Even though there are several ways to begin an essay, you might consider selecting one particular method and perfect it. This sill allow you to become an expert in that method. It will also allow you to be comfortable when you have to begin writing a paper.

5 3 Ways to Begin and Introductory Paragraph General Statement Question Quotation

6 Examples of General Statements Almost every time you turn on the television, you will find a number of shows which are extremely violent. Many public schools have decided that their students should use uniforms. In the United States of America, the public burning of our flag has become a common site. NOTICETHIS STATEMENT DOES NOT STATE YOUR POSITION YET.

7 Examples of Questions Are you ever bothered by the excessive violence on prime time television? Do you think that to improve our public school education the students should be required to wear uniforms? Should we allow citizens to burn the United States flag in public?

8 Examples of Quotations A recent article in Time magazine states that the viewing of extremely violent television shows is the number one cause of violence in our inner cities. The Monitor recently conducted a study and concluded that students in public schools where uniforms are mandatory have fewer problems and perform better academically. A recent article in The Austin Statesman states that most Americans are very much against flag burning in public and are in favor of passing a law banning this activity.

9 Examples of Introductory Paragraph Using a General Statement Today smoking is an issue which is on everybodys mind. The whole country is divided on this issue. Some people believe that there should be no limitations placed on smoking. Others have differing opinions. Tobacco should be outlawed because smoking endangers everyones health, pollutes the environment, and drains us of valuable energy. Topic Introduced Lead-in to Thesis Thesis Statement

10 Example of Introductory Paragraph Using a Question Topic Introduced Lead-in to Thesis Thesis Statement What do you think about banning smoking? The whole country is divided on this issue. Some people believe that there should be no limitations placed on smoking. Others have differing opinions. Tobacco should be outlawed because smoking endangers everyones health, pollutes the environment, and drains us of valuable energy.

11 Example of Introductory Paragraph Using a Quotation In The Monitor it was recently stated that smoking is the greatest threat to our health. The whole country is divided on this issue. Some people believe that there should be no limitations placed on smoking. Others have differing opinions. Tobacco should be outlawed because smoking endangers everyones health, pollutes the environment, and drains us of valuable energy. Topic Introduced Lead-in to Thesis Thesis Statement

12 Final Reminders Be concise and to the point! Do not go into too much detail! You must do three things… –Introduce topic –State position –Provide 3 reasons


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