Six Openers Factual Statement

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Six Openers

1. Factual Statement

  • Cigarette smoking has been proven to be a leading cause of lung cancer.

2. Theoretical question

  • Is a college education really necessary?

3. Controversial statement

  • An unliberated housewife is little more than a prostitute.
  • or
  • B. F. Skinner claims that no one can be free.

4. A quotation

  • Mark Twain once said, “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”

5. Striking statistic

  • The average age of the community college student is twenty-eight.
  • or
  • Sixty percent of all freshmen college students are advised to take remedial English.

6. An anecdote


  • Write a one-paragraph introduction to a persuasive essay using openers 1, 3, or 6.
  • Highlight your thesis statement.
  • After 15 minutes, we’ll share with the class and discuss.

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