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Posted by on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 7:14pm.

im writing a paper comparing and contrasting the government , art, and religion of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle ages and i need a catchy intro.... please help!!(:

( thanks Ms. Sue you really helped :)

  • Ap european history - , Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 7:16pm

    Have you written the paper?

    The introduction is the last part that you'll write. After all, you can't introduce something without knowing the subject very well.

  • Ap european history - , Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 7:18pm

    I have most of the paper i just need something to catch the readers attention at the begining and i can't think of anything.....

  • Ap european history - , Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 7:19pm

    How about using a short phrase in Greek or Latin?

  • Ap european history - , Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 7:24pm

    That could work.... Thanks!

  • Ap european history - , Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 7:26pm

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/intros.htm
    Scroll down to the section that starts "Professional writers ... "
    There are several good ideas there.

  • Ap european history - , Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 7:28pm

    Writeacher that website is great! Thanks so much :) do you have any ideas on how to king of organize my paper?

  • Ap european history - , Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 7:36pm

    Hmph!! I thought most of the paper was already written. :-/

    Anyway, here is a lesson I use for teaching people to write comparison/contrast papers. It deals with comparison/contrast of two items, but you can expand the outline to three very easily. All the other concepts fit.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Whenever you are writing a comparison/contrast paper (paragraph, essay, research paper), you need to plan it out very carefully on paper first.

    Try this:

    1. Write all the information about one of your topics on one page.
    2. Write all the information about the other topic on another page.
    3. Then put them together in this order:

    1. Intro
    2. All about topic A
    ~~~2A. detail 1
    ~~~2B. detail 2
    ~~~2C. detail 3
    ~~~2D. detail 4
    ~~~2E. detail 5
    3. All about topic B
    ~~~3A. detail 1
    ~~~3B. detail 2
    ~~~3C. detail 3
    ~~~3D. detail 4
    ~~~3E. detail 5
    4. Concl.

    The number of details for each topic will vary depending on your main points. I would include comparisons (how they are similar) in the introduction and conclusion, but sections 2 and 3 and all those details will be stating and explaining how they are different.

    There are two recognized patterns for writing comparison/contrast papers. One is casually referred to as "zig-zag,” but can be very confusing for the reader if you don’t use transitions effectively. The other is topic-by-topic (which is what I've outlined above) and is much easier for the reader to follow.

    See http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/comparcontrast.html for further help with comparison/contrast writing.

  • Ap european history - , Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 8:06pm

    Most of the paper is written down I just didn't know how to organize it.... thank you

  • AP European History - , Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 8:21pm

    You're welcome. Go get an A!!

  • Ap european history - , Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 8:45pm

    I will sure try :)

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