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Introduction and Conclusion
Transcript of Introduction and Conclusion
Steroids, even those legally available, are addictive and should be banned from sports.
Though many people dismiss hip hop as offensive, hip hop music offers urban youth an important opportunity for artistic expression, and allows them to articulate the poetry of the street.
Despite their high-tech special effects, today's graphically violent horror movies do not convey the creative use of cinematography or the emotional impact that we saw in the classic horror films of the 1940s and 50s.
Task: Placing these sentences in order
Things to avoid:
1. Don't flatly announce what you are going
In this paper I will . . .
The purpose of this essay is to . . .
2. Never suggest that you don't know what you're talking about or that you're not enough of an expert in this matter that your opinion would matter. Your reader will quickly turn to something else.
Avoid phrases like the following:
In my [humble] opinion . . .
I'm not sure about this, but . . .
Thesis Statement: is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
The thesis statement makes a claim that others might dispute.
A thesis statement is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.
What is an introduction?
1. It is the first paragraph used to get the reader's interest so that he or she will want to read more.
2. This paragraph will let the reader know what the writing is going to be about.
Introduction and Conclusion
How do I write the thesis?
Answer the research question.
Take a position that others might oppose or challenge.
Things to avoid: vague language (like "it seems") and first person ("I believe," "In my opinion")
Most importantly: It clearly asserts your own conclusion based on evidence
a. If we fail to meet our obligations in this area, we will be sacrificing our present and future well-being merely in order to appease out-dated notions of family life and to achieve short-term financial savings.
b. In conclusion, it is essential that we support the nation's parents and children by funding more childcare places.
c. Only in this way can we provide the valuable learning environments that young Australians need while, at the same time, utilising the skills of all productive members of our society.
d. The entire national community will then be enriched economically, socially and culturally.
Options for a hook include a quote, a shocking statistic or a rhetorical question.
For example, you could start your essay with the question, "How much more catastrophic weather and earthquake activity will it take until we grapple with the issue of global warming?"
Sentence starters: http://cindy.lorenzen.us/Science%20Fair/main_idea_sentence_starters.htm
1. Restates the main premise
2. Presents one or two general sentences which accurately summarize your arguments which support the main premise
3. Provides a general warning of the consequences of not following the premise that you put forward and/or a general statement of how the community will benefit from following that premise