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How to Write an Introduction (R&J)

WHS Freshman English

J Goodbar

on 1 March 2018

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Transcript of How to Write an Introduction (R&J)

How to GRAB your reader!
Writing Introductions
Step 1: Decide your Topic
(Step 1.5)
Step 2: Thesis
Step 2: Creating your thesis
Step 2: Creating your thesis
Step 3: Create your HOOK!
Step 3: Types of Hooks
Write a claim

For this paper: Do you believe Romeo and Juliet were truly in love?
Who is guilty for Tybalt's death?
Brainstorm WHY??!? you think that
Now that you have your evidence (or examples) to support why/why not
Romeo and Juliet
is a love story, organize your list from most effective example to least effective example.
Restate the question being answered and then list your three strongest examples:
What's that??
A. Use a Quote from a book or person
B. Tell an anecdote (or short story)
C. Ask your reader a question
D. State a shocking/less known statistic or fact
E. Create a list
Review your lists in your notebook. Select the argument for which you have the strongest support
Thesis: 1. The main argument or CLAIM of the paper and the reasons supporting it (in one sentence);

2. The statement or theory that the paper will be supporting, including the evidence
What's that??
Circle the THREE strongest
Romeo and Juliet (were/were not) truly in love because... (reason 1,
reason 2, and reason 3)
____________ is guilty of killing
Tybalt because... (reason 1,
reason 2, and reason 3)

A "hook" is the VERY first sentence in an essay that grabs the reader's attention and draws them in. A hook often engages the reader's curiosity
MUST HAVE: Relevancy to your topic!
Step 3: Hook
In your OWP Writing Notebook, brainstorm potential hooks for YOUR paper.
Step 4: Put it all together!
Choose your hook (step 3), write your "filler", and then finish the paragraph with your thesis sentence (step 2).

Writer's Tip!
When writing, hide your weakest argument in the "2nd reason" spot.

There, it is neither the first nor last argument your reader hears, which strengthens your paper!
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