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Introductory Paragraph. Does it prepare your reader?. Hook. Do NOT mention the characters’ names OR the titles of the stories. Your reader does not know who Jerry, Winnie, or Temas is! DO make a general statement about what human beings SHARE IN COMMON regardless of culture or gender.

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Introductory paragraph

Introductory Paragraph

Does it prepare your reader?


Introductory paragraph

Hook

  • Do NOT mention the characters’ names OR the titles of the stories.

    • Your reader does not know who Jerry, Winnie, or Temas is!

  • DO make a general statement about what human beings SHARE IN COMMON regardless of culture or gender.


Sample hook

Sample Hook

When we are young, the world of adults seems to be dull and monotonous, yet the idea of independence seems stimulating and enticing.


Introductory paragraph

GDT

  • What does GDT stand for?

  • Note the word GENERAL—define it. (What is the opposite meaning of general?)

    • Therefore, you should NOT be too detailed and wordy…

  • Note the word DISCUSSION—define it.

    • Discuss it

  • Note the word TOPIC—stay focused on the TOPIC! (The topic is what the prompt asks you to focus on…namely the rite of passage.)

    • Without being too vague


Sample gdt intro paragraph

Sample GDT (Intro Paragraph)

Hook: When we are young, the world of adults seems to be dull and monotonous, yet the idea of independence seems stimulating and enticing. Ariel, in the film The Little Mermaid, and Mulan, in the film, Mulan, are both examples of young adults who flee from their childhood worlds to the unpredictable and foreign world of adult responsibilities. Ariel is a young mermaid who is dissatisfied with her life in the sea and longs to be a part of human society on land. She so desperately wants out of the dull pattern of life in the sea that she makes a deal with a sea witch who turns Ariel into a human in exchange for her voice. Ariel’s challenge is to successfully fit into human society without being able to speak a word. Mulan, on the other hand, breaks free of her childhood world, not simply because she is dissatisfied with her life, but because she wishes to keep her family together. When her father is chosen to go to war, Mulan disguises herself as a young man so that she can go in her father’s place. Her challenge, similar to Ariel’s, is to fit into the world as a totally different person. YOUR THESIS GOES HERE


Thesis statement

Thesis Statement

  • Does the last sentence of the GDT GRACEFULLY and MEANINGFULLY lead into the thesis?

  • Read the WHOLE introductory paragraph: Does it make sense?


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