Presentation on theme: "Essay Introductions: ATTENTION GRABBERS. I. Startling Information must be true and verifiable doesn't need to be totally new to your readers. – could."— Presentation transcript:
I. Startling Information must be true and verifiable doesn't need to be totally new to your readers. – could simply be a relevant fact that clearly illustrates the point you wish to make. follow with a sentence or two of elaboration transition to your THESIS
Example: Startling Information According to a 2008 study by the CDC, "over 9 million children, ages 6-19 years- old are overweight or obese." This is three times what it was in 1980.
II. Anecdote a small story that illustrates the point of your essay think of it as an episode, not a full blown story with characters, plot, setting, etc.
Example: Anecdote “Two best friends on are on a fishing trip, enjoying the simple pleasures of spending time together in nature. Little did they know that their lives would be stolen by a cruel Prussian officer.
III. Summary Information Global Statement: A few sentences explaining your topic in general terms Broad idea about how the literature or topic relates to the world as a whole Each sentence should become gradually more specific, until you reach your thesis.
Example: Summary Information (or Global Statement) Adversity is a common factor in the lives of all humans. It has the ability to build a person up, or destroy life in an instant.
ALWAYS: Lead the reader from your attention grabber to your THESIS STATEMENT. For an essay about a piece of literature, write 2 sentences about the literature and/or the author. End your Essay Introduction with your THESIS STATEMENT. That’s a total of at least 4 sentences.
THESIS STATEMENTS Give focus and structure to your essays and MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER 2 arguable prongs (one for each body paragraph) Characters and events in the literature are not considered arguable prongs.
Which is the best thesis statement? Adversity can enhance a person’s life. Adversity can enhance a person’s life by teaching important life lessons. Adversity can enhance a life because of its ability to teach important life lessons and the person experiencing the adversity will become stronger as a result.
Things NOT to do in an introductory paragraph: 1. Avoid phrases like the following: In my opinion... I think... I'm not sure about this, but... Although I don’t know much...
Things NOT to do in an introductory paragraph: 2. Announce your intentions Do not flatly announce what you are about to do in an essay. Get into the topic and let your reader perceive your purpose. Avoid phrases like the following: In this paper I will... The purpose of this essay is to…