Posted by Ashley on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 4:03pm.
In the Introduction I am also going to define what high-stakes tests commonly known as state mandated tests are.
You're mixing up content with introductory ideas. If you get into technical definitions in the introduction, you will lose your reader's interest.
Save the specifics and definitions for the body of your paper. And DON'T try to write the intro first; write the body of the paper first -- then you'll know for sure what you're trying to introduce!
So should I start the first paragraph of the body with defining state mandated tests. Should I put the requirements of the test in the same paragraph? Then in the next paragraph state how these requirements affect teachers in the classroom. Then follow with the opposing side. Then do the conclusion to tie it all together and then go back and do the introduction.
Do you have any suggestions for reliable sources I could use for any of this information.
sorry forgot to put my name on the last comment.
So should I start the first paragraph of the body with defining state mandated tests. Should I put the requirements of the test in the same paragraph? Yes, to both questions - or maybe make them the topics of two paragraphs, one right after the other.
Then in the next paragraph state how these requirements affect teachers in the classroom. Yes -- and how that situation affects kids, too.
Then follow with the opposing side. Yes.
Then do the conclusion to tie it all together and then go back and do the introduction. Yes, exactly. You'll write a much better intro once you've done the body of the paper. Can you imagine writing an intro (to a not-yet-written paper) and then discovering new ideas while writing the body of the paper ... and having to go back and rewrite the intro? What a waste of time!
So for an outline:
A. Define State Mandated Tests
B. Requirements of State Mandated Tests.
1. How do these requirements affect teachers?
2. How do these requirements affect students?
C. Opposing Argument
Remember that each number or letter doesn't have to be limited to only one paragraph. It's YOUR paper so YOU should make those kinds of decisions.
The outline looks solid ... go for it!
Now I have to do an annotated bibliongraphy with this as part of this weeks assignment. If I post the bibliography will you give me feedback? Do you know some reliable sources with information on state mandated tests?
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