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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 17 April 2017

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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
Putting it all together
#1
My wife and I have been married for almost five years, and it seemed that during the summer we were married, many of our friends got hitched, too. There seemed to be many weddings that summer, all of them ending the way ours did with the bride and groom walking hand and hand into the sunset. Fast-forward five years, we are one of the few couples who are still together, whose relationship grows stronger every day. Out of our friends who married that summer, we are the only ones still married. Seemingly, our friends rushed into relationships that they weren’t ready for or didn’t really want, and now their lawyers are the ones who are benefitting. The idea of being ready for love is the basis of John Collier’s brilliant short story, “The Chaser.” Through his brilliant use of character development, conflict and allusion, Collier conveys the idea that real love is realized when one is mature enough to let it grow naturally.

#2
How do people become bullies? Are they born mean, selfish, and overly aggressive? Or are they grown, nurtured by a series of cruel disappointments and embarrassments? The short story "Smallest Dragonboy", by Anne McCaffrey explores the complex forces that lead one to become a bully. In a community where one's status is determined by mythical creatures, Beterli, who has been passed over in eight previous ceremonies, finds himself facing the ultimate shame, being left riderless forever, a reality that terrifies him to the core. 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.

#3
What would one expect to be the personality of a man who has his wife sent away to a convent (or perhaps has had her murdered) because she took too much pleasure in the sunset and in a compliment paid to her by another man? It is just such a man—a Renaissance duke—who Robert Browning portrays in his poem “My Last Duchess.” A character analysis of the Duke reveals that through his internal dialogue, his interpretation of earlier incidents, and his actions, his traits—arrogance, jealousy, and greediness—emerge.
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