“Dressing Up” an Introduction

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Are your pupils ready to move beyond a thesis statement by adding additional detail to their introductory paragraphs? Provide this handout to give your class some ideas for spiffing up their work. The page includes a sample paragraph written by an eighth grader and a list of strategies for writing essay leads.

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  • Learners can read a sample essay introduction that is written at an attainable level
  • The resource would be stronger if there were examples of each of the dressing up strategies included