Introductions

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Test yourself on the concepts discussed in the video above using the self-grading quiz questions below.

Introductions are important because they hook your reader and can make them interested in your particular essay.

Introductions should contain the following parts:

Introductions should contain the following parts:

Analyze Some Examples

We want to give you examples of students' writing processes so you can see what they look like. Read the situation; then, read each example and answer the questions that follow it.

The Situation

Dr. Downey asked students to consider whether or not they would support a policy requiring students to participate in mandatory drug testing in order to get their financial aid awards.

Paul's Response to the Writing Situation from Professor Downey

The war on drugs continues in America. To help erase this problem, America needs to have as many programs as possible that discourage drug use. One program that would help discourage drug use is mandatory drug testing for college students to receive their financial aid awards. Our state should require drug testing for students to get their financial aid because it will help discourage college-age students from doing drugs, and it will ensure that college students do not use financial aid to fund their habit.

Questions about Paul's Response to the Writing Situation from Dr. Downey

Match the items.

  • Thesis
  • Explanation of the general statemente
  • Transition
  • General statement

Renee's Response to the Writing Situation from Professor Downey

Our system of financial aid for college makes sure that people who can't afford college on their own get the help they need to get their education. The financial aid system already requires students to go through many steps to get funding for college, and the system does not need to get any more complicated. Therefore, mandatory drug testing should not be required of students getting financial aid because it would add even more steps to an already complicated system, it would require more school funding to operate, and it would unnecessarily invade students' privacy.

Questions about Renee's Response to the Writing Situation from Dr. Downey

Match the items.

  • General statement
  • Thesis
  • Transition