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Introductions

Introductions. Parts of an Intro. Hook Background Thesis Statement. Hook. You need to grab your reader’s attention in a way that still reflects the topic of your essay Anecdote Quote Statistic Question Comparison Surprising Idea or Fact. Background. How to give background

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Introductions

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  1. Introductions

  2. Parts of an Intro • Hook • Background • Thesis Statement

  3. Hook • You need to grab your reader’s attention in a way that still reflects the topic of your essay • Anecdote • Quote • Statistic • Question • Comparison • Surprising Idea or Fact

  4. Background • How to give background • 1-2 sentence summary • Information about the topic • Information about the author • Explanations/Definitions of key aspects of the topic • Discussion of purpose (but don’t announce!) • Discussion of research or other methods used

  5. Thesis • One sentence overview of your idea or argument. • Should reflect the order of your essay • Should go at the end of your introduction • Should be something that could be proven or disproven • Should be general but give some detail on the specific topics the essay will address • DON’T ANNOUNCE

  6. Get started • Your first (written) drafts should go in the “writer’s” section of your notebook • The first draft will be due September 17th(it’s worth 20 points) • Use your outline!!

  7. BODY paragraphs

  8. Parts of the body • Topic Sentence • Explanation • Proof/Example • Concluding Sentence/Response

  9. Topic sentence • Introduces the topic in a clear and succinct way. • Connects to the thesis • “One area that I found challenging last year was creative writing.” • “Another strength of mine was vocabulary.” • Lastly, I was successful at staying organized and completing my reading homework.” • Transition words: Furthermore, In addition, Also, First/Second/Lastly

  10. Explanation • Provide details and analysis about your topic sentence. • Why was this a strength or weakness? What were consequences of your actions? • Transition words: As a result, Therefore, Thus, Consequently

  11. Proof/example • Support your idea/argument with an example or quote. • PROVE to the reader that it is true. • Transition words: For example, This could be seen when, For instance, In particular

  12. Concluding sentence • Wrap up your paragraph and RESPOND to your example • Connect it back to the big picture • Sentence starters: This is important because, This shows, This is why, Because of this, Overall, In general

  13. cONCLUSIONS

  14. PARTS OF THE CONCLUSION • Thesis Restated • Summarize your conclusions (what you learned) • Connect to BIG Ideas

  15. Thesis restated • Use a transition • In conclusion, In the end, Through my experiences I have learned, A deep analysis shows • Rewrite your thesis in a different way, placing the focus on what you learned • “Although I did well in vocabulary, I did poorly on reading assignments and homework because I didn’t properly manage my time.”

  16. Summarize • What did you learn • Provide a brief summary of your ideas • Connect to important insights or lessons • In this essay, tell me what you learned from last year and give me your THREE goals for this year

  17. Big ideas • Show your reader WHY this essay is important and matters • Connect to issues in your life or the world (essential questions) • In this essay, tell me your education mission statement • WHY do you educate yourself? WHAT role does education play in your life? • This should be ONE sentence – we’re going to post them in the classroom

  18. Example mission statements • GCAA “Our mission is to serve students with a meaningful, well-rounded education that includes a strong emphasis on the visual and performing arts and a deep commitment to academic excellence. We strongly believe in community engagement, multi-cultural understanding, service and good citizenship.”

  19. Example mission statements • Fox Theater “mission of fostering, promoting, and encouraging young people in the St. Louis region to discover and participate in the joy and wonder of live performances.” • Nike “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.”

  20. Example mission statements • Ms. Murphy “My education mission is to be educated on the world around me, so I can actively participate in it instead of just watching it go by, to

  21. Get started • Your first (written) drafts should go in the “writer’s” section of your notebook • The first draft will be due September 17th(it’s worth 20 points) • Use your outline!!

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