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ENG 1112
James Parsons

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Sept 14,2011
Essay Introductions
1. Context
2. Thesis sentence
3. Line of argument
4. Transition Sentence
Critical: Offers first impression and establishes ones authority. Can be critical or
optimistic about further reading
Thesis: What the essay will prove. Statement of purpose. Must be one sentence
ideally. Must be concise and debatable. Cannot be obvious or easy to agree with
(Factual Thesis Statement bad). Be as provocative as possible. Must comprise of
key terms that clear and concrete. Should not be open to multiple interpretations.
Prefer concrete words (Tangible experienced) to abstract words (Intangibles
love/hate). Count concrete vs. abstract nouns in statement to determine if thesis
has is too abstract. Thesis statement should be at the end of the introduction.
Intro Context: General sentence which provides framework, then thesis statement.
Then how it is proved in the essay (line of argument series of points to bring to
bare the thesis statement). Can be numeric “First we look at..” ; “Second we see…” ;
use as many arguments as needed to exhaust the thesis statement. Each is one idea.
Argument sequence (flow), it is the obvious principle of order.
Transition Sentence: Bridge guiding reader into main essay. Reminding reader of
first part. Why are you starting this way? Brings reader back to main point/first
point and why you started, one sentence.
Introduction: is a map birds eye view of what is to be presented, no surprises. To
know exactly what is going on at every stage
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