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Essay Writing Part I: From Essay Question to Introduction

Learn how to use keywords from an essay question to form your introduction paragraph
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Robert Ongcoy

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of Essay Writing Part I: From Essay Question to Introduction

Helping you write better introductions
Essay questions & Keywords
Look at this essay question.
What are the
FOCUS WORDS
?
While the helmet law in Vietnam has saved a number of people in traffic accidents there are still
high numbers of deaths
and people with
permanent disabilities, particularly children
. Craft (2013) argues that extending the law to include children is beneficial, while others disagree.

Should
the helmet law be extended
to include driving with young children, or is this an unnecessary measure?
Instruction Word
It looks like the essay is asking you to write an ARGUMENT essay

Choose a position.
Now, let's put the intro together!
What are the
topic words
in this Essay question?
What are some synonyms
for these
FOCUS WORDS
?
high death toll
significant
Use your Synonyms
Introduce the general

TOPIC

Then

FOCUS
it on issue or problem.
Explain

WHY

it is important
.
Then
INSTRUCT
the reader what your essay will do!
Motorbike

accidents
are a common occurrence in Vietnam. The Vietnamese government enacted
helmet legislation
to address the injuries and deaths that happen in these accidents. Despite this, the number of children that
die or have life-long injuries is still significantly high
. In light of this, some people feel the government
needs to review the existing law
. This essay will
argue
that the
helmet
law needs to be
expanded to encompass children under 5.
What are synonyms for
these
topic words
?
Vietnamese
helmet legislation
Three parts of an
introduction paragraph
Topic Words
Focus Words
Instruction Words
Parts of an
Essay Question
Topic words
introduce the general topic and everything that
Focus Words
Instruction Words
tell the student HOW TO DEAL with the topic
Let's take the

topic,

focus
,
and
instruction words
to build our introduction paragraph!
in Vietnam
Vietnamese
helmet law

helmet legislation
traffic accidents

vehicular accidents,
motorbike accidents
Notice we used synonyms of these keywords!
Thesis Statement
Next time...

1) Connections

2) Icebergs

by Robert Ongcoy
English Educator
for CEP

Not sure?
While the helmet law in Vietnam has saved a number of people in traffic accidents there are still high numbers of deaths and people with permanent disabilities, particularly children. Craft (2013) argues that extending the helmet law to save children is beneficial, while others disagree.

Should
the helmet law expand to include driving with young children, or is this an unnecessary measure?
While the helmet law in Vietnam has saved a number of people in traffic accidents there are still high numbers of deaths and people with permanent disabilities, particularly children. Craft (2013) argues that extending the helmet law to save children is beneficial, while others disagree.

Should the helmet law expand to include driving with young children, or is this an unnecessary measure?
While the helmet law in Vietnam has saved a number of people in traffic accidents there are still high numbers of deaths and people with permanent disabilities, particularly children. Craft (2013) argues that extending the helmet law to save children is beneficial, while others disagree.

Should the helmet law expand to include driving with young children, or is this an unnecessary measure?
How would you start out your
introduction paragraph for this essay?
we could talk under this "umbrella"
SPECIFY what part of the topic is
important
for us to look at, like an
issue or problem.
Will you:
ARGUE for or against a position?
ANALYSE a subject in detail and explain its main elements?
EXAMINE causes and effects of a situation?
DISCUSS different aspects of a topic and give an opinion?
COMPARE/CONTRAST two or more things?
Don't sweat it.
Let's get our ideas straight
from the Essay Question!
high numbers of deaths

high death toll
people with permanent disabilities

disabled people

high

significant
should be expanded

must extend, should increase
include

encompass

Helmet law
Vietnam
Traffic accidents
disabilities and deaths
should expand the law

argue
agree/disagree
vehicular accidents,
motorbike accidents
disabled people
life-long injuries
must be extended,
should be revised
encompass
Before you start...
http://db.tt/f8TBNwVa
Visit this link to download two articles about the Helmet Law in Vietnam.
(Bringing your ideas & arguments together)
(How citations make your arguments stronger)
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