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Chapter 10. Making Your Bones > Start at the Very Beginning: Introductions - Pg. 111

Making Your Bones 111 "Recently, many American educators have proposed that students be required to become com- petent in a foreign language. Students, they insist, should be able to speak, read, and write a second language. In a 350-word article for your local newspaper, state your opinion for or against this proposal." Turn the prompt into a question, such as "Should students be required to learn to speak, read, and write a second language?" From there, briefly present your arguments and make sure your con- clusion is complete. You can also open with a question when you're drafting the following types of writing: · · · · · Expository essays (cause-effect, classify and divide, comparison-contrast, and so on) Oral histories Personal narratives Letters to the editor Research papers Following is an example of an introduction that opens with a question. It's taken from a scientific research paper on homeotic genes: Why is an arm an arm? Why is a leg a leg? Arms develop differently from legs due to the action of special genes. Every organism is designed with specialized structures. For example, human arms and legs are both made of muscle and bone, but the overall shape and the details of the two types of limbs are different. These genes, which determine how parts of the body are shaped, or patterned, are called homeotic genes. Describe It