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Transcript of Introductions
Today's class will provide a formula on how to introduce ANY exposition or persuasion essay.
Today we will be using the essay title:
"Many have argued that smoking should be outlawed. Critically evaluate this claim."
The first sentence
This is your chance to be creative! Start with:
A surprising statistic.
A dramatic story (but NOT in the first person).
A quote related to the subject.
The thesis statement
The next sentence should be your thesis statement (and it should be linked to your first sentence). It should follow this format (hint: COPY THIS DOWN!)
"This essay will argue that [X] but will also consider [Y]".
X is what you believe. Y is the opposing thought. For example:
"This essay will argue that smoking should be prohibited, but will also consider reasons that this policy might be counterproductive."
What are you going to consider
Brainstorm! Think of two reasons that smoking should be banned. Think of two reasons that it shouldn't be. Now you have the structure of your paper. Use the following sentence as a guide:
"To critically analyse this contention, it is necessary to discuss [+Reason 1] and [+Reason 2], but also consider the importance of [-Reason 1 and [-Reason 2]"
A surprising statistic/A dramatic story/A quote.
"This essay will argue that [X], but will also consider [Y]"
To critically analyse this contention, it is necessary to discuss [+Reason 1] and [+Reason 2], but also consider the importance of [-Reason 1 and [-Reason 2]