Task for WED MAR 13

You’ll find links to the background material
for this task on the Agenda for WED MAR 06.

Based on sample Openings provided in the Lecture titled “How to Open Lecture/Demo,” write two different opening paragraphs for your Research Position Paper, based on your current best understanding of your topic.

  • Each Opening must contain a thesis sentence that clearly and boldly proclaims the claim you promise readers you will prove.
  • Do not use the same thesis for more than one Opening.


  • Open a new post titled: Open Strong—Username
  • Post to the Open Strong Take Home category and to your own Username
  • Write an opening paragraph for your Research Position Paper (in progress).
  • Craft a first sentence that DOES NOT LOSE the argument.
  • A good first sentence:
    • Makes strong, perhaps paradoxical claims.
    • Sums up a very strong argument the essay will make.
    • Is itself an argument.
    • Makes a challenge to the reader.
    • Is memorable.
    • Can be debated, demonstrated, illustrated.
    • Is a good example of itself.
  • The other 3 or so sentences should achieve as many of the “First Sentence” goals as possible . . . each!
  • Repeat to create a second First Paragraph with a different thesis.
  • You have until I see you WED MAR 13 to post a good first draft.

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