We worked today on developing a good introductory paragraph for our Compare/Contrast essay. A good intro paragraph has three parts: a “hook” which gets the reader’s attention without giving away the actual topic. A “transition” sentence or sentences which connect the hook to the topic sentence. It begins to introduce the topic that will be in the paper, without giving too many details. Finally a topic sentence which tells what the paper will be about (should NOT include the words “I am comparing and contrasting….) Look at the following sample “hooks”, “transitions”, and topic sentences. Put together an introductory paragraph of your own to compare and contrast The Cay and Castaway. Paragraph should NOT go into details about the actual comparisons and contrasts. That is done later in the body paragraphs. Paragraph should be ready by Monday 2/25.
Sample “Hook” sentences:
Could you survive on a deserted island for a long period of time? (Question hook)
The captain shouted, “Get a move on! Passengers into the boats!” Tins of lubricating oil had ignited and were exploding. (Shocking Statement hook)
The signal fire is ready and “help” is spelled out in the sand. Now all you have to do is survive until rescue. (Short story hook)
As Bear Grylls, the star of the television show “Man Vs. Wild”, will tell you, it’s not easy to survive alone in the wilderness. (Famous person hook)
“That lonely sea, and the sharp pains in my head, and the knowledge that I was here alone with a black man instead of my mother made me break into tears.” (Shocking Statement hook)
You are stranded on an island. Thoughts run through your head—how am I going to survive? What will I eat? You wonder how things would have been different if you hadn’t left home. (Short story hook) Tom Hanks, the actor known for such movies as “Forrest Gump” and “Toy Story”, portrays a character stranded on an island after a plane crash with only a volleyball as a companion. (Famous person hook)
Do you have the skills necessary to survive on your own on a deserted island? (Question hook)
While the characters in these stories are faced with similar situations and challenges, they deal with them differently.
Sample Introductory Paragraph: Could you survive on a deserted island for a long period of time? This was a question that the characters in the novel The Cay and the movie “Castaway” had to answer. Both stories are about survival, but there are many differences between them.