Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Blogging the Diagnostic: Extending your argument

Several of you are moving further along in your introductions. Some of you are even initiating your second paragraphs.

One of the biggest things to remember when you begin writing the introduction is this: the first sentence of your second paragraph (the topic sentence) should refer back to your thesis statement.

Here is an example of a thesis statement, and then how to connect it to a topic sentence:

[thesis statement from introduction] The dominant emotional experience felt by slaves was a back and forth movement from hopelessness to determination. In Equiano's text, he determines to run away and succeeds; however, once he runs away he begins to feel hopelessness, fear, and despair.

[topic sentence of second, supporting paragraph]: Equiano has run away because of a determination to be free. In the passage we're reading, we find him at first successfully hiding from his masters. [And so on]

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