Some Elements of an Introduction – Framing a College Paper

Some Elements of an Introduction – Framing a College Paper

Every single day we are asking questions to each other and ourselves. These questions are asked by everyday students and citizens. We are young minds looking for answers, knowledge, and a purpose. We need sponsors on our lives when we cant do it on our own. Some of these questions have answers while others may never be answered. After reading Rising Cairn I tried to find some stories that I can relate about literacy acquisition in a topic that interests me as well. As an elementary and secondary education major I began my search by adding the tags education and teaching. We will learn that sponsors are not only teachers. They can come in the form of a support system, a friend, or even a fellow student. Anyone is capable of becoming a sponsor and becoming a sponsor is not a discourse that only certain people may enter. Many students of all ages, when writing about their literacy narratives usually discuss a favorite or least favorite teacher, or a impactful moment when they were in school whether that meant empowering the student in a variety of strategies or acquisitions, or whether the students felt like a victim or intimidated because they were scared of asking a question in class because they felt vulnerable. I found three narratives in the Rising Cairn archive. The three stories are unique in themselves but they share the same thread when talking about education and teaching about literacy acquisition. We will show a new side on sponsorship in general and especially in the education system where most of us become who we are and grow into what we shall eventually become.


Your Introduction Task

  1. Write 1-3 sentences that frame the larger context or issue to which your paper speaks.
  2. Write 2-4 sentences that help establish your credibility by signaling whose texts you’ll engage and how you’ll engage those texts. If done effectively, it is quite possible to also weave in brief mention of the ideas you’ll engage to signal “what you’ll show” in the paper.
  3. 1-3 sentences that move from the “what you’ll show” as you engage specific texts to your view on the issue.


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