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Here's a friendly PowerPoint presentation to help your students get their essays started with an effective introductory paragraph. This 30-minute lesson offers six ways to open an expository or argumentative essay. Strategies include: personal experiences, quotations, fact/statistics, rhetorical question, current events, and contrast, each with multiple student writing examples. Stop teaching the whiz! bang! onomatopoeia gambit and step up to more effective and more mature intros.
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