Writing an Introduction

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Writing an Introduction

  1. 1. Preparing for the 10 th Grade Writing Test
  2. 2. Writing the Introduction
  3. 3. <ul><li>What is an introduction? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just like when you introduce yourself to someone who you do not know, the introduction of an essay introduces the reader to your topic and your ideas. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The Introduction is like an upside down triangle. </li></ul><ul><li>Just like a triangle the long flat line is a BASE. It is what we build the whole essay on! </li></ul>Base
  5. 5. <ul><li>We get the base from the prompt or the question. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, in Part 1 of the Prompt may say: Write a letter explaining the meaning of responsibility as it relates to the high school experience . This letter will be included in a high school orientation booklet. You may use the following information, your own experiences, observations, and/or readings. </li></ul><ul><li>Using that, I might create my base with their ideas. I might say something like: There are many meanings of responsibility . This is true even as it relates to the high school experience . </li></ul><ul><li>Do you see where I took most of my big ideas right out of the prompt. I just added a few words to make it sound good. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>To whom it may concern, </li></ul><ul><li>There are many meanings of responsibility . This is true even as it relates to the high school experience . </li></ul>Base Do you see where I got my opening sentence? Do you see how that is very general. Now I need to build to the specific.
  7. 7. <ul><li>The Introduction is like an upside down triangle. </li></ul><ul><li>Just like a triangle, The base builds or narrows down to the point. There is a lot of room between the base and the point. We must fill that up with our ideas. </li></ul>Body of the Introduction
  8. 8. <ul><li>Let ’s brainstorm some ways that students might be responsible. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Studying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behaving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can you think of some other ideas. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Let ’s pick two of these to write about! </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>To whom it may concern, </li></ul><ul><li>There are many meanings of responsibility . This is true even as it relates to the high school experience . Students can be responsible by working hard and studying. They can also make sure they behave properly at school. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Is this a little easier than you thought?
  11. 11. <ul><li>The Introduction is like an upside down triangle. </li></ul><ul><li>Just like a triangle there must be a POINT. It is the POINT of the whole essay! </li></ul>Point….. This may be called the thesis
  12. 12. <ul><li>To whom it may concern, </li></ul><ul><li>There are many meanings of responsibility . This is true even as it relates to the high school experience . </li></ul>Point Do you see where I got my opening sentence? Do you see how that is very general. Now I need to build to the specific.

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