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Writing a Thesis Sentence and Introduction Paragraph in Google Classroom

Writing a Thesis Sentence and Introduction Paragraph

Step One: Writing a Thesis Sentence

A thesis Sentence states the central or main point you want to make in your essay. This sentence is usually found at the end of the Introduction paragraph.
For this particular prompt, a bare-bones thesis sentence could look something like this:

                                                Because I felt held back by (the obstacle that you overcame), I chose to face it and beat it.

Feel free to ask for input about your from one or two classmates. Decide if their suggestions are worthwhile and, if they are, incorporate them into your sentence. Now you're ready to write your Introduction Paragraph.

Step Two: Writing an Introduction Paragraph

This is the essay's most important paragraph, and it deserves a lot of thought and planning. This paragraph introduces your reader to the point you are going to make in your essay.
It's important to grab your reader's attention with its content. Some ways to do this could be:
asking a question
telling an anecdote, which is a short amusing or interesting story about an incident or person
revealing an intriguing fact
making an emotional appeal (most often used in persuasive essays, not expository one like our assignment)
any strategy that makes your reader want to continue reading
Here's an example of an introductory paragraph I found online. It's only two sentences long, but it gets the job done. I have underlined the thesis sentence.

"As a lifelong crabber (that is, one who catches crabs, not a chronic complainer), I can tell you that anyone who has patience and a great love for the river is qualified to join the ranks of crabbers. However, if you want your first crabbing experience to be a successful one, you must come prepared."  (Mary Zeigler, "How to Catch River Crabs")

What did Zeigler do in her introduction? First, she wrote in a little joke, but it serves a dual purpose. Not only does it set the stage for her slightly more humorous approach to crabbing, but it also clarifies what type of "crabber" she's writing about. This is important if your subject has more than one meaning.
The other thing that makes this a successful introduction is the fact that Zeigler leaves us wondering. What do we have to be prepared for? Will the crabs jump up and latch onto you? Is it a messy job? What tools and gear do I need? She leaves us with questions, and that draws us in because now we want answers.

Let one or two classmates read your paragraph and decide if you want to include their suggestions. We'll talk about them on Monday.

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