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Introduction, Conclusion, & Title
Transcript of Introduction, Conclusion, & Title
Ask a provocative question
-pose a question that will interest and direct your readers attention
Begin with story or anecdote
-choose a story that will appeal to your audience and is relevant to the thesis
Offer a quotation
-the quotations should illustrate and emphasize your thesis
Cite a little-known or shocking fact
-an unusual fact can interest your reader and focus their attention
Move from general to specific
-begin with the general subject and narrow it to arrive at your thesis
State a commonly held misconception
-use your thesis to correct the misconception and state your position on the issue
Mistakes to Avoid:
Do not make an announcement
Keep your introduction short
Avoid statements that create negative attitudes
Avoid a casual, overly familiar, or chatty tone
Be sure your topic is clear and explained for your reader
Topic 2: Writing an Effective Conclusion
Your essay should not end abruptly. Use a conclusion to reiterate the importance of your thesis and your essay.
Created by: Lydia, Katie, Matt, & Alec
It is not necessary to start writing an essay at the beginning and write straight through to the end. Regardless of when you write them, the introduction, conclusion, and title are important components of a well written essay.
Topic 1: Introduction
Writing a strong introduction:
Your introduction creates a first impression.
Your introduction makes your readers form an expectation of what your essay will be about.
Because the introduction is crucial, its important to take the time to get it right.
If you have trouble writing an introduction, you may return to it after you write the body of your essay.
Three main objectives of an introduction:
Present your thesis statement
Interest your reader
Provide any background information your reader may need
Tips for Writing a Strong Introduction
Describe a hypothetical situation
-this provides a realistic opening to your essay
Begin with an intriguing statement
-this encourages your reader to continue reading
Make a comparison
-compare your topic to one that is familiar to your readers
Tips for Writing a Solid Conclusion:
-take your readers beyond the scope and time frame of your essay
Remind readers of the relevance of the issue
-suggest why your thesis is important
Offer a recommendation or make a call to action
-take specific steps that follow logically from your thesis
Discuss broader implications
-point to larger issues
Conclude with a fact that emphasizes your thesis
-this will bring a sense of closure to your essay
Mistakes to avoid:
Avoid a direct restatement of your thesis
Avoid standard phrases
Avoid introducing new points in your conclusion
Avoid apologizing for yourself, your work, or your ideas
Avoid softening or reversing your stance
Writing a bueno title:
Write straightforward, descriptive titles
Ask a question that your essay answers
Consider using a play on words
Avoid broad, vague titles that sound like labels