Techniques to Introductory Parapgraphs

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Aej Gonzales III-C

A. Enumerate & explain briefly some techniques in writing on introductory paragraphs. (Give examples)

1. Historical Review: Some topics are better understood if a brief historical review of the topic is presented to lead into the discussion of the moment from "Integration Turns 40" by Juan Williams in Modern Maturity, April/May, 1994. The victory brought pure elation and joy. It was May 1954, just days after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. At NAACP headquarters in New York the mood was euphoric. Telegrams of congratulations poured in from around the world; reporters and well-wishers crowded the halls.

2. Anecdotal: A little story that leads into the topic
from "Going, Going, GONE to the Auction!" by Laurie Goering in Chicago Tribune Magazine, July 4, 1994. Mike Cantlon remembers coming across his first auction ten years ago while cruising the back roads of Wisconsin. He parked his car and wandered into the crowd, toward the auctioneer's singsong chant and wafting smell of barbecued sandwiches. Hours later, Cantlon emerged lugging a $22 beam drill-for constructing post-and-beam barns—and a passion for auctions that has clung like a cocklebur on an old saddle blanket. "It's an addiction," says Cantlon, a financial planner and one of the growing number of auction fanatics for whom Saturdays will never be the same.

3. Declarative: The writer simply states straight out what the topic of his paper is going to be about from "The Tuition Tap" by Tim Lindemuth in K-Stater, February, 1994. In the College of Veterinary Medicine and Engineering, for example, nearly one-third of the teaching faculty may retire by the year 2004. In the College of Education, more than a third of the professors are 55 years old and older. The largest turnover for a single department is projected to be in geology. More than half of its faculty this year are in the age group that will retire at...
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