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Title: Introductory Paragraph

Introductory Paragraph
  • English Writing
  • Essays

  • Get attention
  • Write an effective thesis statement
  • Make a connection

Get attention how-to
  • Opening statements to attract readers attention
  • Ask a question
  • An interesting observation A statistic fact
  • A famous quote
  • A relevant short story or joke a sense of humor

Ask Questions a sense of humor
  • Plato asked What is man and St. Augustine asked
    Who am I? A new breed of criminals has a novel
    answer I am you! These criminals are going to
    steal your identity on the net.

Use Quotes
  • Beauty is only skin-deep, said William
    Shakespeare. However, according to a recent
    survey released in September, the beauty business
    is going up.

Show an interesting observation
  • APPLE says its iPod music player and iTunes music
    store have 74 and 85 percent of their worldwide
    markets. But according to Gene Munster, a Piper
    Jaffray analyst, the end is near. "Nobody can
    sustain an 80 percent market share in a consumer
    electronics business for more than two or three
    years," Mr. Munster told CNN. "It's pretty much
    impossible." Well, he's right about one thing
    Apple's market share won't stay at 80 percent.
    It's about to go up.

Types of thesis statement
  • Direct thesis statement
  • The main problems facing Taiwan are a lack of job
    opportunities for young graduates, increasing
    demand for better college education,and limited
    loans for poor students.
  • Indirect thesis statement
  • The educational problems facing Taiwan today
    requires an effective and efficient solution.

The thesis statement
  • The topic sentence in an essay
  • It reveals your writing plan to readers.
  • A thesis statement is effective
  • if your reader can guess the main idea or,
    better, the layout of the essay.

A good thesis statement(1)
  • presents your main idea clearly.
  • Poor
  • The issue of whether high school students can
    smoke on campus remains controversial.
  • Improved
  • High school students should not be allowed to
    smoke on campus for several reasons.

A good thesis statement(2)
  • presents only one main idea for one essay.
  • Poor
  • The non-smoking law in public areas will violate
    the rights of smokers and the risk of lung
    cancers needs to be proved.
  • improved
  • The non-smoking law in public areas will violate
    the rights of smokers in different aspects of

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