Master Introductory Paragraphs in an Opinion Essay

Introductory Paragraphs

In this lesson on introductory paragraphs, will embark on a journey through the nuances of creating engaging hooks, providing pertinent background information, and most importantly, formulating powerful thesis statements that anchor an entire piece of writing. By planning and reviewing introductory paragraphs, we’ll not only enhance our writing skills but also develop a keen eye for what makes writing truly impactful. Get ready to transform your approach to writing and discover the power of a well-crafted introduction!

Learning Goals

  • I will be able to identify and explain the key components of an effective introductory paragraph.
  • I will learn to develop clear, concise, and argumentative thesis statements.
  • I will apply my understanding of introductory paragraphs and thesis statements to an essay outline.

Materials

  • Essay Outline (From Previous Day) or:

Process

  1. Go over the Introductory Paragraphs Note.
  2. Complete the thesis statement worksheet.
  3. Plan the introductory paragraph for the essay.

Introductory Paragraphs Note

Thesis Statements Worksheet

Example:

Topic: If someone won the lottery and was instructed to travel anywhere in the world, where should they go and why?

Supports:

  1. People should travel to France because French food is great.
  2. Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
  3. People should learn a second language and French is widely spoken.

Thesis Statement: If a person won the lottery and could travel anywhere in the world, they should travel to France because French food tastes great, Paris is a beautiful city, and learning French would benefit anyone.

 

Topic 1: Education is important to have.

Supports:

  1. It could enable one to get a better-paying job.
  2. It makes a person a more interesting individual.
  3. It makes a person a more informed citizen.

Thesis Statement:  



Topic 2: Bowling is a sport for everyone.

Supports:

  1. It is not limited to any age group.
  2. It can be played at any time.
  3. It does not require any expensive equipment.

Thesis Statement:  

 

Topic 3: Driving a car is an important responsibility.

Supports (You create them now!):

  1.  
  2.  
  3.  

Thesis Statement: 

 

Topic 4: Your school has some extra money to spend. It could be spent on a computer lab, new sports equipment, a cafeteria, or something of your choice. Write about what you would choose and why.

Supports:

  1.  
  2.  
  3.  

Thesis Statement: 

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