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Writing an Introduction (7th grade)

Covers the key parts of a powerful introductory paragraph for a literary analysis essay
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Meg Mosier

on 9 May 2016

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Transcript of Writing an Introduction (7th grade)

The Recipe for a Strong Introduction
Key Ingredients:
A hook
TAG
Background information
Thesis - Theme statement
The Hook
Quotation
Question
Startling Statement
TAG + Topic
Basic:
Ann McCaffrey
is the author of
"Smallest Dragonboy."
Better:
"Smallest Dragonboy,"

by Anne McCaffrey,
is a
short story
.
Sophisticated: The
short story

"Smallest Dragonboy"
, by
Anne McCaffrey
explores the how our negative emotions can lead to self-destructive behavior.
Background Information
& Context.

Only include:
Your idea within the greater story
Needed for your reader to understand your point
Thesis
States the purpose of your essay.
Your entire essay will
prove
this statement.
Write it as a
fact.
Last sentence
of your Introduction.
Sample Thesis
: Beterli's behavior, fueled by anxiety, illustrates how insecurity and fear can lead people to act in ways that are destructive to others and themselves.
According to economist Dambisa Moyo, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
Destroying trees through burning releases about 370 million tons of greenhouse gases every year — about 5 percent of the world total.
In a community where ones status is determined by mythical creatures, Beterli, the largest and oldest candidate, finds himself facing the ultimate shame. Being left behind forever.
Making your reader want to read more!
“Often those that criticize others reveal what he himself lacks.” ― Shannon L. Alder
Important things to remember about questions:
Relate it to your theme.
Be sure to avoid simple “Yes” or “No” questions
Try to pose questions that ask reader to consider the other side or engage in some critical thinking.
How do people become bullies?
- 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
Remember:
You can have more than one sentence here
Stay focused on your thesis
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