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!
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
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.
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.
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)
Make sure… To make the opening dramatic To keep it brief To connect it with a transition to the thesis to make it relevant
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!
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
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