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Transcript of Introduction Paragraph
Introduce the topic
If the reader may not know about it or why it is important, explain here
What information will your reader need to know for the paper overall?
There will be facts you don't want to explain in
paragraph. These go here.
Terms or Concepts
Are there any words you will use that your reader may not know?
Are there any ideas (concepts) that are specific to this topic that you will use a lot?
Tells what your
is for the paper.
Focus of the paper
Terms or Concepts
Never ever say
"In this paper I will talk about..."
"My paper is about..."
Be bold! Just SAY it without the caveat!
A Thesis is NOT. . .
My paper is about...
In my opinion...
Again, if your paper is about X then that should be clear as we read it.
That does not tell us what you are trying to get us to think.
Saying "I think..." is repetitive.
It's your paper; we assume it's
what you think (unless you have
an assigned topic as in this case).
Statements like "In my opinion..." make your argument seem weak.
It seems like you feel the need to hide behind qualifying statements/caveats.
A Thesis Statement IS . . .
Stated as a Fact
Clearly Outlining the Paper
Junk food should be banned from schools because strong laws about junk food work, because junk food in schools is directly connected to students' health, and because schools would then need to serve healthier food.
Putting It Together
Focus of the Paper: Junk food in schools
Background Information: Why should we care about junk food in schools?
Terms or Concepts: "competitive foods," Free Lunch, Free Breakfast, USDA (?)
(Sample was "Junk food should be banned from schools because strong laws about junk food work, because junk food in schools is directly connected to students' health, and because schools would then need to serve healthier food.")