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Building an Introduction with Body Paragraph
Prompt: Directions for Writing
1. Background: information that will give the writer context for the topic
2. Topic: the central idea; focus of the essay
3. Task: specific instructions that reveal audience, purpose, and format for writing
Write the intro
HOOK/LEAD
-Gets attention and makes the reader want to read!
BACKGROUND-Tie the hook to the thesis with background information (clarify important terms, provide chronological history, summarize and provide title and author)
THESIS STATEMENT
-Answer the prompt!!!
Body Paragraph Structure!
TOPIC SENTENCE-Your first main point that will support the thesis
EVIDENCE-A concrete detail to support the topic sentence.
Always set up this evidence with context. Lead into it!
2 COMMENTARY
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Link the evidence to the topic sentence and show HOW it supports it. How does it clarify or prove your point?
*Two pieces of evidence with commentary are required, but three are recommended!
CONCLUDING SENTENCE-Tie everything back to the topic sentence and/or lead into the next topic sentence.

Sample body paragraph
Temar and his friend gave no thought to themselves when they got involved in the situation that day.
These brave young men offered to help look for the girl when they saw what was going on.
They did not have to. They were not being paid to help the community and police officers look for the girl. They were not in a program training young people who aspired to be officers one day. The family's profuse gratitude shows that the teens went above and beyond what anyone expected.
Some people might see the police setting up blockades and think, "That's too bad," before going on their way, but not these kids. They interrupted whatever they were doing, gave up their time, and joined the community in the search.
When they did spot the girl in the car, the boys did not worry about their own safety.
They kept following him even when the kidnapper clearly knew he was being followed. Temar says that the car turn around several times, and the police officer seems to think the suspect might have been aware of his pursuers.
The danger in following a car on a bike is certainly obvious, but it compounds when one thinks that the driver was a criminal willing to kidnap a little girl. What would keep that person from turning the car on his pursuers?

The courageous boys persisted and did not give up, though every moment they were putting themselves in danger.
Finally the kidnappers gave up and let the girl out.
When that car stopped, anyone could have emerged, but that didn't scare the teens enough to stop and get the authorities. They never let up until the girl was released, and then they took her home.
Throughout the entire ordeal, the teenagers demonstrated an unselfish courage that inspired admiration across the country.
Written Response
Last year a good friend of mine got hit by a car while he was riding his bike to work. Miraculously, he escaped with only a broken leg.
Everyone knows that a bicycle is no match for an automobile, but that didn't seem to concern Temar Boggs and his friend. Last August a girl in their neighborhood was kidnapped, and they managed to save her just by riding their bikes.
Although they are only teenagers, Temar Boggs and his friend are admirable because they unselfishly helped another person.
Temar and his friend gave no thought to themselves when they got involved in the situation that day.
These brave young men offered to help look for the girl when they saw what was going on.
They did not have to. They were not being paid to help the community and police officers look for the girl. They were not in a program training young people who aspired to be officers one day. The family's profuse gratitude shows that the teens went above and beyond what anyone expected.
Some people might see the police setting up blockades and think, "That's too bad," before going on their way, but not these kids. They interrupted whatever they were doing, gave up their time, and joined the community in the search.
When they did spot the girl in the car, the boys did not worry about their own safety.
They kept following him even when the kidnapper clearly knew he was being followed. Temar says that the car turn around several times, and the police officer seems to think the suspect might have been aware of his pursuers.
The danger in following a car on a bike is certainly obvious, but it compounds when one thinks that the driver was a criminal willing to kidnap a little girl. What would keep that person from turning the car on his pursuers?

The courageous boys persisted and did not give up, though every moment they were putting themselves in danger.
Finally the kidnappers gave up and let the girl out.
When that car stopped, anyone could have emerged, but that didn't scare the teens enough to stop and get the authorities. They never let up until the girl was released, and then they took her home.
Throughout the entire ordeal, the teenagers demonstrated an unselfish courage that inspired admiration across the country.
The Source
Red Flag!
Horrible Hooks make the reader think, "Uh, no duh!" "Um, who cares?":
"Have you ever...?"
"Everyone has [goals, dreams, etc.]."
"In the world, people have many points of view."


Good Hooks interest the reader:
A personal story (anecdote)
An anecdote from your reading or current events
Interesting facts or statistics

Sample introduction
Last year a good friend of mine got hit by a car while he was riding his bike to work. Miraculously, he escaped with only a broken leg.
Everyone knows that a bicycle is no match for an automobile, but that didn't seem to concern Temar Boggs and his friend. Last August a girl in their neighborhood was kidnapped, and they managed to save her just by riding their bikes.
Although they are only teenagers, Temar Boggs and his friend are admirable because they unselfishly helped another person.
In order to be considered a hero, a person must be admired by others. In a recent news story, two teenagers were hailed as heroes. Write an introduction and a paragraph describing what is admirable about Temar Boggs and his friend.

Audience
The intended readership for the piece of writing
Purpose
In composition, a person's reason for writing, such as to inform, to entertain, to explain, or to persuade.
Format
An arrangement or plan for something written
Create a Thesis Statement
It must answer the prompt, so don't be afraid to use words from the prompt
Thesis: one sentence that covers the content of the entire essay (or paragraph in this case)
Sample Thesis Statement
Although they are only teenagers, Temar Boggs and his friend are admirable because they unselfishly helped another person.
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