Introductions and Thesis Statments

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Introductions and Thesis Statments

  1. 1. Introductions and Thesis Statements From Patterns Ch 3
  2. 2. Introduction The introduction of an essay is located at the beginning of the essay and is comprised of 1-2 paragraphs. An effective introduction should:  Introduce your subject  Catch the reader’s interest  Give your Thesis Statement
  3. 3. Beginning an Essay There are several ways to begin your introduction:  Give background information  Give a definition of your subject or topic  Begin with a relevant story or anecdote  Ask a question and provide an answer  Start with a quotation  Begin with a surprising statement or fact  Start with a contradiction  Give a relevant fact or statistic
  4. 4. What NOT to do in an Introduction  Be sure to avoid the following when creating an introduction:  Don’t apologize – never start with statements like “In my opinion” or “I may not be an expert, but…”  Don’t begin with dictionary definitions – avoid beginning an essay with “According to Dictionary.com,”  Don’t announce what you intend to do – never start with phrases such as “In this essay, I will…” “I am going to argue that…”or “The purpose of this essay is to…”  Don’t wander – give a detailed but short overview of your topic. Give your reader just enough to make them want to read the rest of your essay.
  5. 5. Compare and Contrast Thesis Statements A thesis statement for a compare and contrast essay should do the following:  It should identify the subjects of your essay.  It should list the points for comparison you are using.  It should make it clear if you are focusing on the similarities, differences, or both.  It should give the point you will making by comparing and contrasting.
  6. 6. Activity: Drafting an Introduction Using the information from this presentation and from your topic workshop, draft an introduction for your essay. Be sure to:  Introduce your topic  Catch your reader’s attention by using one of the strategies for beginning an essay  Give your Thesis Statement  Avoid the common errors in writing an introduction

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