Read the introduction to the essay in Unit 8, exercise 1 on page 57, Complete this diagram.

General ideas:

Most Americans would probably say that their language comes from England,

Specific idea (Thesis statement]:

How to write a strong introduction A strong introduction ...

• introduces the topic clearly.

• gives several sentences of information about the topic.

• states the thesis (the main idea) of the essay.

Any of the following will make an introduction weak:

• It doesn't give enough information about the topic or gives too much information abont it.

• It talks about too many different topics.

• It does not state a clear thesis.

Read and discuss the following introductions with a partner. Mark the strong introductions with a check (/). Mark the weak introductions with an X, What could the writers do to make the weak introductions strong?




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