Wednesday was an energetic day in class. After using 5 gerunds in a paragraph on any topic, we then had our first-ever Fist Pump Competition! When a popular song was played, the students had to pump their fists exactly when the hook (chorus) came in. If they fist pumped prematurely, their group was disqualified for that song. The first group with 100% fist pumping at the hook of each song got a point. The group with the most points was promised a super-special prize in the near future. Until then, they have bragging rights.
We then picked up from where we left off in class yesterday by creating a 3-sentence introduction. We worked together to identify the topic, audience, and purpose (pattern will be included later). Then we selected a hook (attention-grabber). We then generated a thesis based on our topic from yesterday which asked us to support our claim regarding the effects of smoking on one’s health. Finally, we tied the hook and thesis statement together using a transitional sentence. Please take a look at the example to the right (the link below opens the image in PowerPoint).
The goal will be to use this 3-sentence introduction structure as a foundation for a larger, more extensive, yet still concise introduction.
HOMEWORK: Write a 3-sentence introduction with a question to open, a transitional sentence, and a thesis.
PowerPoint: 9-12-12 Thesis Statements in Action