Print Form Example of a good introduction #1     NAME Tiffany Meade                   Three little pigs dance in a circle ...
Example #2         What would life be without the internet? Whether one lives in a backwoods shack or Silicon Valley, the ...
Example #3         "Having as many levels as the Empire State Building...its lyrics are inexhaustible",wrote poem critic D...
Example #4         Life on this planet Earth is the product of a delicate balancing act provided by nature. Mankinds very ...
Example #5         Over 70% of high school girls obsess about being skinny and beautiful.They want to be thin and pretty l...
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Introductory Paragraph Exercises

  1. 1. Print Form Example of a good introduction #1 NAME Tiffany Meade Three little pigs dance in a circle singing "Whos afraid of the big, bad wolf?" Little Red Riding Hood barely escapes the cunning advances of the ravenous wolf disguised as her grandmother. Movie audiences shriek as a gentle young man is transformed before their eyes into a blood-thirsty werewolf, a symbol for centuries of the essence of evil. Such myths and legends have portrayed the wolf as a threat to human existence. Feared as cold-blooded killers, they were hated and persecuted. Wolves were not merely shot and killed; they were tortured as well. In what was believed to be a battle between good and evil, wolves were poisoned, drawn and quartered, doused with gasoline and set on fire, and, in some cases, left with their mouths wired shut to starve. Convinced that they were a problem to be solved, U.S. citizens gradually eradicated gray wolves from the lower forty-eight states over a period of twenty years. Today many people are convinced that the elimination of the gray wolf was not only an error, but also a detriment to the quality of life in this country. There has been a public outcry to rectify the situation created by the ignorance of our ancestors. However, in seeking to address a situation created by the human compulsion to control nature, it is crucial to distinguish how much human interference is necessary. Human control must be tempered by respect and restraint. Programs designed for the protection and restoration of wildlife must reflect respect for the natural order rather than dominance over it. 1. What was the attention getter Three little pigs dance in a circle singing "Whos afraid of the big, bad 2. Copy and Paste used in this example? wolf?" Little Red Riding Hood barely escapes the cunning advances of the Thesis Statement A Question the ravenous wolf disguised as her grandmother. A Quick Story 3. An introduction is to meant to grab your attention and introduce the topic. In giving your reader some basic introductory information about your topic, you help them A Quote understand the rest of your essay. A Shocking Statistic So, what do we learn about this topic from the introduction paragraph? Write one thing you have learned in each of text boxes below in your own words. An Interesting Fact You may or may not use them all. An Unusual or Bold Statement That they want gray wolves saved and brought back to the US. There is programs for saving wildlife. They took them out of the lower 48 states over twenty years.4. What is the writers argument? In other That they want the gray wolves to be saved from getting killed by people.words, why has the writer written this essay?5. What would be the anti-thesis to this essay?In other words, what would be the counterargument. Give your response in the form of athesis statement. need help?6. Instead of using simple words, a writer should find high-level synonyms. Compulsion, distinguish, and ignoranceWhat high-level words has this writer chose to use? List a few.7. How many times does the writer refer to himself or the 0 audience directly by using words like, "You", "I" or "My"
  2. 2. Example #2 What would life be without the internet? Whether one lives in a backwoods shack or Silicon Valley, the potential of online communication cannot be ignored. In facing the twenty-first century, a fearless inventory of the role that the World Wide Web will play in global culture must be taken. This “phantom resource,” where web sites can shift and vanish like ghosts, should not lend itself to widespread application without careful examination of the specific functions it will be utilized to perform. The Internet is an entity without a master, and censure and discretion on the Web are left to the responsibility of the individual publisher. This means a student searching the vast fields of information that have flowered on-line may find pay dirt or fertilizer, which can negatively affect ones intelligence level and academic growth. Overzealous use of computers to ease the burden of solid research in favor of convenience, will effectively diminish students intelligence levels. 1. What was the attention getter 2. Copy and Paste What would life be without the internet? used in this example? the Thesis Statement A Question A Quick Story 3. An introduction is to meant to grab your attention and introduce the topic. In giving your reader some basic introductory information about your topic, you help them A Quote understand the rest of your essay. A Shocking Statistic So, what do we learn about this topic from the introduction paragraph? Write one thing you have learned in each of text boxes below in your own words. An Interesting Fact You may or may not use them all. An Unusual or Bold Statement The internet is ruining our intelligence. Using the computer too much will lower it and you should use books to make you smarter.4. What is the writers argument? In other That the internet is ruining the students intelligence and they should really be usingwords, why has the writer written this essay? books not the internet and that it is like a ghost because websites come and go.5. What would be the anti-thesis to this essay?In other words, what would be the counter What was life like before the internet was invented?argument. Give your response in the form of athesis statement. need help?6. Instead of using simple words, a writer should find high-level synonyms. overzealous, vast, and burdenWhat high-level words has this writer chose to use? List a few.7. How many times does the writer refer to himself or the 0 audience directly by using words like, "You", "I" or "My"
  3. 3. Example #3 "Having as many levels as the Empire State Building...its lyrics are inexhaustible",wrote poem critic Donald A. Stauffer about Williams Butler Yeats double poem known to the world as the Byzantium series. The first is "Sailing to Byzantium," and its sequel is simply named "Byzantium." The former is considered the easier of the two to understand. It contains multiple meanings and emotions, and the poet uses various literary devices to communicate them. Two of the most dominant themes of this poem are the desire for escape from the hardships of this world and the quest for immortality. These are circumstances of the poets life that influenced the composition of the poem. Yeatss skillful use of words come together to emphasize the need that many people have for escape and immortality. 1. What was the attention getter "Having as many levels as the Empire State Building...its lyrics are 2. Copy and Paste used in this example? inexhaustible",wrote poem critic Donald A. Stauffer about Williams the Thesis Statement A Question Butler Yeats double poem known to the world as the Byzantium series. A Quick Story 3. An introduction is to meant to grab your attention and introduce the topic. In giving your reader some basic introductory information about your topic, you help them A Quote understand the rest of your essay. A Shocking Statistic So, what do we learn about this topic from the introduction paragraph? Write one thing you have learned in each of text boxes below in your own words. An Interesting Fact You may or may not use them all. An Unusual or Bold Statement The empire state building is just like poems. Poems can have very few or lots of verses as many as the person writing them wants.4. What is the writers argument? In other The Byzantium series is likewords, why has the writer written this essay?5. What would be the anti-thesis to this essay?In other words, what would be the counterargument. Give your response in the form of athesis statement. need help?6. Instead of using simple words, a writer should find high-levelsynonyms. What high-level words has this writer chose to use? List a few.7. How many times does the writer refer to himself or the audience directly by using words like, "You", "I" or "My"
  4. 4. Example #4 Life on this planet Earth is the product of a delicate balancing act provided by nature. Mankinds very existence is totally dependent on this fragile ecosystems ability to maintain itself. A valuable player in the balance of the environment, the ozone layer, is facing a very serious threat by man. Chloroflourocarbons (CFCs), are chemical agents commonly found in refrigerants, aerosol sprays, and in the manufacturing of Styrofoam and industrial solvents. With the rate of more than a half-million tons of CFCs being spewed into the atmosphere yearly, the rate of ozone depletion is rising at an alarming rate. If a global effort is not made to end the unnecessary use of CFCs, the inhabitants of this planet face an extremely difficult and frightening future. 1. What was the attention getter 2. Copy and Paste used in this example? the Thesis Statement A Question A Quick Story 3. An introduction is to meant to grab your attention and introduce the topic. In giving your reader some basic introductory information about your topic, you help them A Quote understand the rest of your essay. A Shocking Statistic So, what do we learn about this topic from the introduction paragraph? Write one thing you have learned in each of text boxes below in your own words. An Interesting Fact You may or may not use them all. An Unusual or Bold Statement4. What is the writers argument? In otherwords, why has the writer written this essay?5. What would be the anti-thesis to this essay?In other words, what would be the counterargument. Give your response in the form of athesis statement. need help?6. Instead of using simple words, a writer should find high-levelsynonyms. What high-level words has this writer chose to use? List a few.7. How many times does the writer refer to himself or the audience directly by using words like, "You", "I" or "My"
  5. 5. Example #5 Over 70% of high school girls obsess about being skinny and beautiful.They want to be thin and pretty like the models they see on television and in magazines. Often the desire becomes an obsession and young girls see “thinness” as being a needed characteristic. For most girls, the teenage years are spent trying to acquire this look. Females are trying diets and are exercising like it is a competition to see who can lose the most weight the quickest and, in turn, are injuring their own bodies.The obsession of many young girls over their appearance or weight has led to a growing number of people who have developed an eating disorder to try to deal with their lack of self-esteem or other related problems. 1. What was the attention getter 2. Copy and Paste used in this example? the Thesis Statement A Question A Quick Story 3. An introduction is to meant to grab your attention and introduce the topic. In giving your reader some basic introductory information about your topic, you help them A Quote understand the rest of your essay. A Shocking Statistic So, what do we learn about this topic from the introduction paragraph? Write one thing you have learned in each of text boxes below in your own words. An Interesting Fact You may or may not use them all. An Unusual or Bold Statement4. What is the writers argument? In otherwords, why has the writer written this essay?5. What would be the anti-thesis to this essay?In other words, what would be the counterargument. Give your response in the form of athesis statement. need help?6. Instead of using simple words, a writer should find high-levelsynonyms. What high-level words has this writer chose to use?7. How many times does the writer refer to himself or the audience directly by using words like, "You", "I" or "My"

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