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  1. How to Write an Introduction and Thesis Statement We are nearing the end of this paper!

  2. The five paragraph essay consists of five complete paragraphs. • The first one being the introduction • Second, third and forth reserved for the main body • The last being the conclusion.

  3. The all important Introduction • The introductory paragraph is the place in which the writer introduces the reader to the topic. It is important to make this a clear and limited statement. This is where the writer grabs the reader's attention. Because of its purpose, it is often the first sentence of the paragraph. It is followed by three subtopics that develop the thesis. • This can be done in a variety of ways....

  4. Way #1 • Historical review:Some topics are better understood if a brief historical review of the topic is presented to lead into the discussion of the moment. Such topics might include "a biographical sketch of a war hero," "an upcoming execution of a convicted criminal," or "drugs and the younger generation." Obviously there are many, many more topics that could be introduced by reviewing the history of the topic before the writer gets down to the nitty gritty of his paper. It is important that the historical review be brief so that it does not take over the paper.

  5. Way #2 • Anecdotal:An anecdote is a little story. Everyone loves to listen to stories. Begin a paper by relating a small story that leads into the topic of your paper. Your story should be a small episode, not a full blown story with characters and plot and setting...If you do it right, your story will capture the reader's interest so that he or she will continue to read your paper. One caution: be sure that your story does not take over the paper. Remember, it is an introduction, not the paper.

  6. Way #3 • Surprising statement:A surprising statement is a favorite introductory technique of professional writers. There are many ways a statement can surprise a reader. Sometimes the statement is surprising because it is disgusting. Sometimes it is joyful. Sometimes it is shocking. Sometimes it is surprising because of who said it. Professional writers have honed this technique to a fine edge. It is not used as much as the first two patterns, but it is used. •

  7. Way #4 • Famous person:People like to know what celebrities say and do. Dropping the name of a famous person at the beginning of a paper usually gets the reader's attention. It may be something that person said or something he or she did that can be presented as an interest grabber. You may just mention the famous person's name to get the reader's interest. The famous person may be dead or alive. The famous person may be a good person like the Pope, or he or she may be a bad person like John Wilkes Booth. Of course, bringing up this person's name must be relevant to the topic. Even though the statement or action may not be readily relevant, a clever writer can convince the reader that it is relevant. •

  8. Way #5 • Declarative:This technique is quite commonly used, but it must be carefully used or the writer defeats his whole purpose of using one of these patterns, to get the reader's interest. In this pattern, the writer simply states straight out what the topic of his paper is going to be about. It is the technique that most student writers use with only modest success most of the time, but good professional writers use it too. •

  9. Your introduction also needs to state the three main subtopics of your paper, without going into detail.

  10. Now that that’s done lets take a look at what you should never put in an introduction!!!

  11. Never.... • Apologize... never suggest that you do not know what you are talking about by using sentences like... In my [humble] opinion . . .I am not sure about this, but . . .

  12. Never.... • Announce your intentions....never state out right that you are about to write an essay. In this essay I will.... In my paper I will talk about.... The purpose of this essay is to...

  13. Never.... • Use a dictionary or encyclopedia definition.... According to Merriam-Webster's WWWebster Dictionary,a widget is . . .

  14. Never.... • Dilly-dally. Get right to it. Sometimes it is useful to write a paragraph to get yourself started, but once you have finished your paper all the unnecessary parts need to be taken out.

  15. The last line in your introduction alsoneeds to move the reader completely from your introduction to your mainbody. This is where your thesis statement comes in. It answers the question that the topic asks.

  16. By now you should all know the basic ideas of the brainstorm....but just incase.... images/inspiration- Brainstorming.gif

  17. Just in case you missed it... Most of this information can be found on the following web page:

  18. And to answer the age old question of... Why do we have to write essay papers????

  19. Writing is a part of everyday life, especially if you are planning to attend university, community college or any post secondary school. You will be asked more than once to write an essay in any of the above mentioned forms of schooling. They do not give you a second chance to make up a paper; the better you know it now, the better off you will be then. And do not forget, there is an essay on your Exam!!!

  20. But what if I do not plan ongoing to university or anyother post secondaryschool? The chances that you will get a good,well payingjob with out some form ofpost secondary schooling is slim tonone. And even if you do, then at somepoint during that job you will berequired to write some form ofreport.

  21. Andpossibly, forsome,thebestreasonwhyyouneedtowriteessaysinASEnglish10is...

  22. TOPASS...

  23. SO…. • Start a new document. Make certain you follow the directions for page set-up, header, and heading on the formatting tab. Type your introduction and then your body paragraphs.

  24. TheEnd