Titles and Introductions: Student Writing Examples
Students wrote a standard five-paragraph essay of 300
words on the topic, "Three activities I do each week." The following is
a discussion of titles and introductions from the Advanced Composition
Everyday is the Same (sample title)
First, remember to capitalize the important words. The original
title is a sentence and that's a no. How about : Every Day the Same as
an improved title. This title made us smile and expect something
funny. As one student said, if it is not funny, then that would be a
deceit. However, there is some disagreement over the idea that this
title shows humour. Warning! Humour is not universal.
Not a Boring Routine (sample title)
It seems clear that this essay will be, probably, about
something interesting going on in the student's weekly life.
My Life (sample title)
The title seems a bit general. Perhaps try My Weekly Life. When
you write an autobiography, you can use this title.
Sample Introduction for an essay titled "My Weekly Life"
Since I don't work outside the home, I can enjoy many kinds of
activities. Besides going to school to study English, I go to my
parents' café, cook the dinner, and study programming every week. (35
words; suitable for a 300 word essay)
Every Saturday, I enjoy going to help my parents at a small café. (This
would be your first body topic sentence)
This introduction starts by establishing the personal situation
of the writer and puts it positively. It also uses a classic three
part thesis that allows the readers to understand what will follow
Activities That I Do (sample title)
Be sure to capitalize the important words in the title.
Without an alarm clock, my body clock wakes me up at the same time
every day. I open my sleepy eyes and serve myself a glass of water,
then, it's time for my first activity of a day. (38 words; original
The class revised the preceding introduction as follows:
My body clock wakes me at the same time every day, ready to begin
the first of my three favourite daily activities (22 words; shorter
introduction OR): reading, practicing piano and picking up my kids at
school. (32 words; introduction with specific details of the three
The opening sentence is attractive and shows us something,
making us feel that the writer is in control.
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