Introductions to Avoid
When teaching students how to write an introduction, teach them to avoid the following:
1) Clichés: Dead expressions will lose the audience.
2) The Definition of a Well Known Word: High school writers love defining words in the introduction that everybody over the age of three knows.
3) The Announcement Introduction: In this description of an announcement introduction, I’m giving you an example of an announcement introduction; then I’m going to tell you how annoying the announcement introduction is and how nobody will continue reading because you just told them what they need to know.
4) The Space Alien/Future Archeologist/Time Traveler Introduction: If a future archeologist looked at this reason he would ask himself why on Earth am I so popular. This introduction type is a subset of the cliché.
5) The “In Common" Introduction: What do Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O’Donnel, Elizabeth Taylor and my mailman Bob have in common? They’ve all fallen victim to one of the ten biggest fitness mistakes Be sure to read the previous statement in an annoying announcer voice.
NOTE: The thesis statement should come at the end of the introduction for short essays (less than six pages). For essays greater than six pages, add a thesis paragraph after the introduction that contains the thesis statement and an outline of the points you are going to cover.
Inspire your students to develop a passion for writing, practice reading comprehension, and build vocabulary and grammar skills with these language arts lesson plans.
What Happened Next? Printable
Editor in Chief Printable
My Favorite Activity Printable
My Favorite Room Printable
Writing First Drafts Printable
Outlining Essays Printable
Writing From Experience Printable
Drafting and Revising Essays Printable
Writing About Memories Printable
What Happened Next? (Grades K-4)
In this lesson, students will explore the idea of "sequencing" as related to stories the class has read and in the routine of daily life.
Editor in Chief (Grades 5-8)
During this lesson, students will learn how to edit work and will practice common editing notations, marks and the use of colored pens when editing and rewriting work.