Introductions are like Free Samples: 45-Minute Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!

Introductions are like Free Samples: 45-Minute Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
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Introduction paragraphs are like free samples of food – it’s your one chance to grab a customer (reader) and convince them to “buy in” and keep reading.

This lesson teaches students that it’s important to not just have a great hook, but make the entire paragraph clear and compelling so that readers get an accurate, engaging preview of what will be discussed.

This lesson (both PDF and editable PPT files), applicable for argumentative OR informative essays, was designed as an introduction (ha!) for students who have not been taught this content before, BUT it also serves as a great review lesson for older students, or for any learner who just needs to hear something multiple times.

This lesson includes an introduction, two mentor text paragraphs, a “recipe” checklist for good introductions, some words of caution, and then an immediate formative assessment opportunity.

Use this lesson to collect formative data in two ways. First, students attempt to write their own introductions for you to assess; then, an exit ticket asks students to summarize what they have learned to see what stuck out to them and whether or not they “got it”.

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Check out the other lessons in the series!
• FREE: Conclusions are like Dessert
Thesis Statements are like Menus
Body Paragraphs are like Courses
Transitions are like Waiters
Evidence is like Seasoning
Proofreading is like Checking your Teeth

Last File Update: July 2017

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