Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Introductory Paragraph

Today’s class is about writing part which is introductory paragraph. After Miss Zu teaches about this topic, now I know there are lots of introductory parts.  She told the whole class to write a variety on introductory paragraph. This is because:
Ø      To get the reader’s attention.
Ø      To set tone for the rest of the essay.
Ø      To make a contrast with the reader- what will be covered in this piece.

Here are the important parts to write an excellent introduction of paragraph:
§      The Hook: designed to grab attention immediately and give some indication about the          essay’s topic.
§         The transition: moves the reader from the hook to the driving force of the essay.
§   The thesis: makes the contrast with the reader what will be discussed without a blatant announcement.

In what order do I write the introductory paragraph:
·         Write the thesis statement
·         Generate a hook that will grab the reader’s attention
·         Finally, transition to the thesis and recopy the thesis statement as the last sentence in the paragraph.

Types of hook:
  Personal examples: expressing thoughts and feelings of the experience what has been              through.
v      Quotations: the content should dramatic, emotionally appealing, surprising and humorous. This is related like our principle but must be relevant what we are writing.
v        Facts or statistics: must be from a credible resource.
v       Rhetorical questions: usually ask question to the reader.
v       Current events: must be current issues and recent.
v      Contrast to the thesis statement: direct contrast and proves an expert wrong.
v      Definition: gives a meaning.

After Miss Zu has explained about this syllabus in details, she gives a task to form a group to write an introductory paragraph based on the types of hook. She gives an optional to choose a current issue and present on Thursday. My group which is Nabila, Mirah, Edlina got current events.   

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