PEARSON ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
English 10: Essays
Four Ways to Begin
November 7, 2001
Beginning an essay is a bit of an art. Here are four techniques for
writing an introduction for an essay with the thesis, "Children today
face difficult and confusing issues as they grow up."
Technique One: Relate your topic to recent
It is only two years ago that two students shot and killed their
classmates at Columbine High School. Though an extreme example, personal
conflicts and social issues of school are very much on the minds of our
children. It isn't easy being young today. [thesis]
Technique Two: Justify your qualifications to
write the essay.
As a parent of a 13 and 15 year old children, and as a teacher who
has read widely on child development, I find it interesting to observe
children as they grow up and mature. What I see bothers me a great deal.
Growing up seems more difficult these days. [thesis]
Technique Three: Use an anecdote or incident
to begin your paragraph.
Recently, my son went out to the suburbs to visit his friend. While
there, a group of kids in a car threw eggs at he and his friends. How
should he react to such an action, especially considering that recently
a young man was shot at the bus stop in the same community? There are no
easy answers. [thesis]
Technique Four: Use a striking contrast
between common ideas and your topic.
Many of us look back fondly on our childhood. We may think of it as a
safe and easy time where we had little responsibility and few worries.
It seems to me we have forgotten the truth about childhood: it is a
dangerous time, filled with difficulty, ambiguity, and hardship. Today
it is even more so, and nothing is simple for today's young people.
Use the thesis for your essay on cheating. Write three introductions
that end with the same thesis (do not use the anecdote as we have
practiced it before). Write about 75 words or so, including the thesis.
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