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Lecture from Wed October 5. Introduction

Lecture from Wed October 5. Introduction


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  • 1. Agenda 10/5/11
    1. GED Practice
    2. Discuss HW
    3. Dissecting the Thesis Statement
    4. Writing Attention Grabbers and Thesis Statement
    Tomorrow: Spelling Quiz!
  • 2. GED Practice
    I look to my only brother John, for important advice.
    Which is the best way to write the underlined portion of this sentence? If the original is the best way, choose option (1).
    (1) my only brother John, for
    (2) my only Brother, John, for
    (3) my only brother John for
    (4) mine only brother John, for
    (5) my only brother, John, for
    • I look to my only brother,John, for important advice.
  • Dissecting a Thesis Statement
    A thesis statement is
    Topic + position
    Example: Doing crossword puzzles is addicting and educational.
    Topic: Crossword Puzzles
    Organizing features: two subtopics; 1) addicting; 2) educational
    Position: The writer enjoys doing crossword puzzles
  • 3. Introduction
    Remember:
    Attention Grabber
    Thesis
  • 4. Ideas for Grabbers
    1. Begin with a quotation or catchy saying.
    Good for take-home essays
    This allows you to use someone else’s awesome words to grab a reader’s attention.
    These quotes can be from famous people or people you know.
  • 5. Make Sure…
    not to use this method all the time; it will get stale if you do.
    to identify the person you quote
    your quotation is SHORT!
    to choose a quote that is relevant AND spicy.
  • 6. Ideas for Grabbers
    2. Describe a personal experience
    This will help the reader identify with you and want to read more.
    Let’s take a look at a few examples. (handout)
  • 7. Make sure…
    To make the opening dramatic
    To keep it brief
    To connect it with a transition to the thesis to make it relevant
  • 8. Ideas for Grabbers
    3. Ask a question
    This gets to the point of your thesis immediately.
    Look at the example on the handout.
    Your thesis SHOULD NEVER BE WORDED AS A QUESTION!
  • 9. Practice Writing Grabbers
    Working alone, with a partner, or a small group, write a grabber for each of the following topics:
    1. A time you said “yes” when you should have said “no”
    2. A memorable Halloween experience
    3. Being surprised
    4. Earliest childhood memories
    5. A very good friend
  • 10. Practice Writing an Introduction
    Choose ONE of the five topics listed below and write an introduction to pull in your reader.
    It should include:
    An attention grabber
    A transition sentence if you need to connect the grabber to the thesis
    THESIS STATEMENT

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