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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

17th bel311 class. Hook and transition after thesis statement.

What is the purpose of the introductory paragraph?
nGet the reader’s attention
nSet tone for the rest of the essay
nMake a contract with the reader - what will be covered in this piece?

Writing an Introduction for a More Formal Essay (expository or persuasive)
"Hook-transition-thesis" method...
Your introductory paragraph should include:
1) Hook: description, illustration, narration or dialogue that pulls the reader into your paper topic. This should be interesting and specific.
2) Transition: sentence that connects the hook with the thesis
3) Thesis: Sentence (or two) that summarizes the overall main point of the paper. The thesis should answer the prompt question.

Types of Hooks

1. Personal examples
2. Quotations
3. Facts or statistics
4. Rhetorical questions
5. Current events
6. Contrast to the thesis statement
7. Definition

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