Class Notes 12/1/16

Good Introductions:

  1. Grab the reader’s attention: beginning with a question (no rhetorical, common questions), beginning with a quote, beginning with a fascinating statistic
  2. Gives an overview of your topic/argument: background information and history, avoid definitions, lay out issues (major points of agreement and disagreement)
  3. State your position/thesis: thesis could be 2-3 sentences, thesis must be topic and comment about that topic
  4. Set up for next paragraph: roadmap for the paper
  5. Establish your audience
  6. Answer the question “So What?”

Good Conclusions:

  1. Recap earlier points of argument: Finally…, In addition…
  2. Call to action
  3. Implications of your argument
  4. Areas for future study, what remains to be examined or done
  5. Re-evaluation in hindsight with new perspective

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