This exercise is to help you to identify four basic techniques for composing the
opening statement of your introductory paragraph: the general statement, the
rhetorical question, the impact statement, and the anecdote.
- A general statement states why something is important (suitable for
- A rhetorical question is a question that you ask and then answer yourself
(NOT suitable for academic essays).
- An impact statement states something surprising or shocking to encourage
the reader to pay attention (maybe suitable for academic essays if it is not
- An anecdote is a short story (NOT generally suitable for academic
essays, unless quoting qualitative research).
Read the paragraphs and then identify the technique used.
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