- Hooks can be real memories, creative short "stories," famous quotations, questions...there are lots of choices!
- Remember that your thesis must contain two essential ideas: it MUST paraphrase Girard's argument and use her name, and it MUST explain at least one reason why you agree or disagree with her. Your introduction should have the words "Girard" and "because" in there somewhere!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Review components of introductions: hook + thesis
Craft a sample body paragraph
Your body paragraph must open with a persuasive CLAIM stating a reason for your position. The topic sentence of your body paragraph should not introduce evidence.
INCORRECT way to start a body paragraph: My sister, who is 34, just moved back home after she was laid off from her accounting job, and now it is more difficult for my parents to pay their own bills.
CORRECT way to start a body paragraph: Moving home as an adult causes both parents and the adult children stress. My sister, who is 34, just moved back home after she was laid off from her accounting job, and now it is more difficult for my parents to pay their own bills.
Next, your body paragraph needs to include specific evidence. Instead of talking about something that happens "often" or "many times," provide evidence from ONE afternoon. Do not summarize a whole book or movie or TV show; explain what happens in ONE scene.
In class, craft a second body paragraph and revise introduction and first body paragraph as needed.
Pust's sample essay so far: introduction with a hook and a thesis and two specific body paragraphs, one from personal experience and one exploring a scene from The Big Bang Theory
HW: Revise introduction and first body paragraph as needed. Bring a typed or neatly handwritten in ink copy of your introduction and two body paragraphs to class tomorrow, due at the beginning of the period. Make sure that your introduction and your body paragraphs meet all of the criteria we have discussed in class. See my sample to assist you.