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Argumentative introduction paragraph

Story Guidelines for the Group
Notable Quotes (2)
Characters — Name and description of any main characters
Conflict(s) – Main external conflict(s); main internal conflict(s)
Language – diction, sentence structure, figurative language, tone
Point of View – Who tells the story?  Discuss that choice by the author.
Setting – How do when and where contribute to the story?
Theme – Include a statement of theme in your thesis.  Use the template provided.

Poem Guidelines for the Group
Lovable lines (2)
Characters – Who are the people in the poem (include the speaker)?
Conflict – external and internal – What problems are suggested?
Language – diction, figurative language, tone
Setting – How do when and where contribute to the story?
Format – line breaks, punctuation, spacing, anything else?
Theme – Include a statement of theme in your thesis.  Use the template provided.

An Argumentative Thesis

First, acknowledge the opposing viewpoint in a two-part proposition consisting of a subordinate clause followed by a main clause.

NON-LITERARY EXAMPLE:  Although some instructors think that standardized finals restrict academic freedom, such exams are preferable to those prepared by individual professors.

LITERARY EXAMPLE:  Although many poets argue that love is a perfect union between two perfect people, Shakespeare reminds us in his sonnet [My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun] that true love means accepting a person realistically, faults and all.

Types of Introductions
Broad Statement Narrowing to a Limited Subject
Brief Anecdote
Starting with an Idea That Is the Opposite of the One Actually Developed
Series of Short Questions
Quotation
Brief Background on the Topic
Refutation of a Common Belief
Dramatic Fact or Statistic

Q:  What will it take to get full credit for my introduction?
—a little research and MLA parenthetical citation and a works cited entry for each source
—a strong ‘Although’ thesis at or near the end of the introduction
—organization of the 8-10 sentences that make up the introduction
—engaging, structurally well-written sentences and careful diction
—correct spelling and punctuation
—prompt-grounded
—seems like a strong start to a strong paper
—Other???

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