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Have students review the section of the handbook on introductory paragraphs or introductions. Use this to open a discussion in groups about what makes an effective introduction, what elements are required by this course in particular, and what variations might be effective. As a class, create a checklist for introductions.
About the Author
Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.