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Tip Two: Include Background Information and Provide Context
Take a look at the following introduction:
Americans charge about $860 billion a year — far more than we spend in cash — but we don't feel very good about it. Sociologist Daniel Bell has called credit cards, "the greatest single engine in the destruction of the Protestant ethic." Harvard's Juliet Schor agrees. Credit cards inculcate "an unsustainable gotta-have-it-now attitude", Schor warns in her 1998 bestseller, The Overspent American. Even the Department of Justice has taken a dim view of plastic. In 1998, the government filed an antitrust suit against MasterCard and Visa.Step 1: Re-read the paragraph above. Can you locate the thesis sentence — the sentence that presents the main idea of the essay? Copy and paste it in the box below.
Then, after you've copied the thesis, try paraphrasing the sentence. (Use your own words to restate the idea).
Step 2: In one sentence, summarize the first paragraph of this introduction.
When you've finished, explain the purpose of the first paragraph. Why do you think the writer included it?
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