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Introductory Paragraph

November 5, 2013

This week’s blog exercise will be on how to write an introductory paragraph, similar to the one we analyzed on p. 96. You should include a hook, connecting information, and a thesis statement. Below are examples of hook techniques:


1. Ask a though-provoking question. What would you do if you suddenly could not walk anymore?

2. Use an interesting observation. All cultures of the world are unique.

3. Use a surprising or shocking statistic. Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people.

4. Begin with a famous quote. “Every man dies. Not every man lives.”


Here is a link  with examples of hooks and thesis statements and another with more examples of hooks.


Students: Choose ONE of three titles to write an introductory paragraph.

1. Choosing a college major

2. Stopping Pollution

3. Music Downloads

16 Comments leave one →
  1. tnpqnp permalink
    November 6, 2013 7:43 pm

    According to several recent survey, many music listeners in Korea does not anymore purchase album. Almost 80 percent of the listeners just do one click to listen music to their’s taste. Through the Internet, young people as well as adult easily log on to the Website, downloading musics, and spread them again on the Online just like as virus. Perhaps more inportant than the this phenomenon are the strategies for how to cope with thoughtlessness distribution. Now, many experts provide a viable plan by representing their feelings about this circumstance.

  2. Zion H permalink
    November 7, 2013 3:49 pm

    The atmosphere is becoming more polluted each day. It is becoming more polluted each day. The professionals have been warning about the dangers of air pollution for years. According WHO (World Health Organization) report, most people (90%) living Europe are exposed atmosphere pollution that can lead a respiratory disease, a cardiac disorder, reduction in life expectancy. However although this state, Most people take a lukewarm position about seriousness of atmosphere. The United States Environmental Protection Agency is re-examining its air pollution rules. Also, air pollution in Seoul is serious too. What should we do to prevent air pollution?

  3. November 7, 2013 7:55 pm

    Choosing a college major
    What is the meaning of a college major for you? Maybe, many people couldn’t answer this question. I think it could be a tool for a job and/or interest. Now, I’m really confused about my major. I can’t be sure if my major is nice choosing for my future. I have been considered my major as a tool for a job. I think my problem is missing to understand my own interest. Although I know the importance of interest to choose a college major, I ignored it. I recently feel so hard regarding major in this reason. Therefore, I emphasize that both job and interest is equally important to choose own major.

  4. Angela permalink
    November 8, 2013 10:05 am

    How can I get the newest song? Some people might say “You can get all of the hot trend songs from the internet website freely!” with smiling face. There are many people who treat illegal downloading is not that big problem. However it is a big problem. Downloading other’s knowledge or music ilegally is same as stilling other’s stuff or it can cause more serious results. Many people are unaware of the seriousness of illegal download of music, so we should know why we should not do ilegal music download.

  5. Rachel permalink
    November 8, 2013 1:03 pm

    Do you pay money for downloading music? Or do you download music illegally? In Korea, there are many online music stores like melon, bugs and genie. Also, if you want to have music file, you must buy music through these online store because it has copyright. Nevertheless, most Korean people have downloaded music illegally through the torrent website and file-sharing site. Why do they download music illegally without compunction? They think that they need not to pay money for download music because they can easily download music for free. As a result, the government tried to punish these people legally. However, it was not easy to crack down because there were a huge number of people who commit illegal download. Therefore, it is urgent that measures to change people’s wrong perception to stop illegal music downloading.

  6. Katherine permalink
    November 8, 2013 3:26 pm

    Choosing a college major is important thing. But many students choose a college major through comparing their grade and college’s average grade. However, students who choose a college major without their dream are satisfied their major? According to the survey that intended collegian, majority of collegian (55.6%) want to change their major if they can. It shows us to importance of choosing a college major and necessity of contemplation about dream. Therefore, students should be thinking about their dream and do not choose a college major for the sole reason that passing the college.

  7. haruharu7070 permalink
    November 8, 2013 6:53 pm

    Choosing a College Major

    ‘Where there´s a will, there´s a way.’ as the saying goes. this proverb represents that the desire to the major is very important. Before you decide to choose a college major, you have to think carefully. And here are several ways that you consider before choosing a college major. First, it is the most important for you to recognize what fields you are interested in as well as having fun with that. In most people, they didn’t consider their interest or aptitude when they chose a college major. Usually these students just tend to follow parent’s opinion. Even, they aim to choose the major that they can live a stable life. Thus, what I was saying is to break out these passive attitude to be more active in your life. Of course a prospect of major also significant for choosing. However, when you confident to what you’re going to, then go ahead and try. Therefore, for these reasons, knowing what you are want to is really matter for our lives.

  8. November 8, 2013 7:15 pm

    As many people who already enter the university have known, choosing a college major is the best significant thing to students. More than choosing wife or husband, choosing a college major is very difficult and sometimes can cause students hesitate and think over. Wrong choice in choosing college major can make students lose interest about studying in university. Thus, they can feel lost and receive low grades. My friend who chooses wrong choice is major leaved school. Therefore, high school senior should choose the major that they have an interest in. They must not choose their major related to their marks in SAT. In sum, choosing the major related to interest and dream is very proper choice.

  9. Daniel permalink
    November 8, 2013 7:59 pm

    Stars are dissapearing in our sight. Now, we can even count on stars with the fingers of one hand. It does not mean that the number of stars in the universe is decreasing, but in our view because of the air pollution. Pollutant from the cars and the factories covers the light of the stars. In addition, this pollutant not only conceals the stars, but also makes our respiratory organs get sick. If this situation countinues, We might put on oxygen masks in the foreseeable future. Hence, it is most important to know how to stop pollution.

  10. Gavin permalink
    November 8, 2013 10:56 pm

    Do you know what ‘Napster’ is? It is one of the very first peer-to-peer file sharing websites which enabled people to download MP3s for free. This website is gone for now due to its copyright infringement, but it devoted a lot to illegal music downloading. Since the advent of Napster, music downloading became something people can do very easily with a few clicking. Downloading music for free is illegal, and thus, it should be stopped. Still, however, many people are downloading copyrighted songs without paying expenses through many illegal routes including torrents, p2p, and etc. These unmoral behaviors are causing many destructive side effects on our society: enormous economic loss, ethical issues, and hindrance of creative productions. There are many other things we have to consider, but above three are the things to be talked mainly.

  11. November 8, 2013 11:59 pm

    Have you ever felt the seriousness of environmental pollution? Maybe the answer is no. But it’s very terrible for animals. A United Nations report says that the number of polar bears is rapidly decreasing. Because of global warming, Polar bears’ s habitat was many damaged. There is no many place that bears can walk. Sometimes the bears were drowned. How miserable this situation is. In 2050, Coca cola’s main model will be changed. Because the animals will become extinct. So this is just small on example of pollution. Governments, corporations and citizens must protect our world we live in.

  12. banana permalink
    November 9, 2013 12:34 am

    As Alan M. Eddison said ‘Modern tehnology owes ecology an apology’, it is true that we have exchanged our nature with convinience. At first, it seemed to be a good bargain, however we have come too far to make it right. People started to cut down trees to make places for factories which eventaully affected human beings. Also the ozone layer are becoming thinner and it even got holes because of the excessive gas we use in the industry. Polar bears are losing their home as we accelerate global warming by deforestating and producing too much co2. Korea, in addition, prouded of having four beautiful seasons, but because of the environmental pollution, spring and autum is disappearing. We, as a contributor, should not just look on these situation with folded arms. Then what are the ways to stopping pollution?

  13. evergreen permalink
    November 9, 2013 5:31 pm

    “Korea is one of the countries that lack water.”, “We are in danger of radiation exposure” We have seen various articles about not only pollution of Korea but all over the world’s. Even though we have received news constantly, we do not perceive the hazard much about the pollution of the society. What happens if we do not care and protect our environments? Natural disasters such as a deluge, earthquake, tsunami, yellow dust and others. Subsequently, various diseases are pervading to the people with bronchial trouble, a respiratory disease, a cardiac disorder and so on. More we ignore the situation of environments, more pains come up. At this point of time, we should face our reality, and consider diverse acting for prevention and the solution of pollution.

  14. cs9999 permalink
    November 11, 2013 10:32 am

    Humans are not living alone, however, living together with animals, plants, and enviroment, so we called ‘an ecosystem’. Every part of the world share their own part to live in symbiosis with each other. But, as an increase in population and development of science and technology, ecosystem is suffering from pollution. More people produce more trash. Trash are buried in the groud and affect to soil. Polluted soil give bad effect to animals and plants living on the ground. As polluted soil folw in to river, water also get polluted and it affect to the water human drinks. Like this, if harmful substance that made by human break down the balance of ecosystem, it is called ‘enviromental pollution’. And enviromental pollution is mostly divided into 3 types by which factor of enviroment has influenced – Air pollution, water pollution, and soil pollution.

  15. Lisa permalink
    November 11, 2013 5:00 pm

    You can be a lawbreaker or an assaulter in your everyday lives.
    Probably, people, especially young people usually enjoy listening to music.
    However, they download music in illegal ways. Composers and musicians hold copyrights so downloaders have to pay some royalty when they use their contents.
    Unfortunately, many people think it would be waste to pay for musics because other people do not do it and they can free download easily on variety of websites.
    However, the music that you are downloading illegally is part of maker’s property.
    If you download musics illegally even feeling no guilty about that , it is the same that you steal other’s money or stuffs and use it .If this situation is not changed,many artist cannot earn money so many good musicians may give up making good musics.
    Therefore, we have to know about copyrights and respect artists for the healty music cultures.

  16. November 12, 2013 12:53 pm

    Stopping Air Pollution
    According to recent news, there are extremely thick smog blocking people’s view in China so they have to wear masks and even light from the daytimes. Smog – the word combined with smoke and fog – is one example of air pollution resulted from contaminants such as fine dust, dioxide and so on. This is not only happening in China but also in Korea. In order to solve this sever and harmful problem, there are various technologies and land use planning strategies to control air plooution

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