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I ask them, “What information does your audience need to know in order to fully understand this debate? I developed the ABC acronym for writing argumentative introductions because it’s so easy to remember.
Even students who don’t need much scaffolding must understand that those elements are necessary in order to grab the audience’s attention, fill in gaps of knowledge, and establish a sound position.
Because I have a compulsion to reflect on and analyze my lessons and units, I am always trying to come up with no-fear, sensible ways to help students approach writing.
In this post, I’m sharing the methods I use to make writing an introduction paragraph for an argumentative essay more transparent and concrete.
” because you are struggling to come up with a way to make introduction paragraphs less daunting for students.
Honestly, getting students started with their essay is the hardest part.Here are a few ideas: Regardless of the type of hook students select, I always ask them to frame the essay in their conclusion. Even if students manage to come up with a hook they like and a sound thesis statement, they generally struggle with what to write in the middle. Two, it provides a bridge between the issue and the audience’s understanding of it. Can it be related to or a cause of any other issues in our world?I explain that the middle of the introduction is a bridge in two different ways. I allow my students to choose topics they are passionate about, but I explain that other people who will read their essay might not know anything about the topic. Are there any terms the audience might need defined? These are some of the probing questions I ask students to ponder. Not all students need it, but giving them an acronym to help them remember the basics of a paragraph can’t hurt.It contains the ABC acronym, the pillars and introduction paragraph graphic organizer, examples of hooks, ideas for what to include in the bridge, and an example introduction paragraph.Click on the image to take a closer look at the details.(I do require students to begin collecting sources during the pre-writing stage, and I encourage them to tweak their original Works Cited page as they draft and revise.) I like to give my students specific examples of strategies they can use as hooks.I also provide examples of each and then ask them to practice, which can look many different ways. Does it impact people locally, nationally, or globally?For five or ten minutes, just sit and allow students to respond to the introduction paragraphs.Students can write praises and suggestions either on the actual paper copies or on post-its.I find it important to give students feedback on their introduction paragraphs before moving on to the body of the essay.Feedback is an opportunity to boost students’ confidence.