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This chapter highlights a range of tools which students can use to build the first few paragraphs of their essays. It guides students through the work of framing a question and responding to the question to help them produce strong opening paragraphs that have a lasting impact on the reader. The chapter uses real student examples to show how to write a guide to an argument and inform the reader what the conclusions will be. Overall, it takes students step-by-step through the key techniques used in the beginnings of sociological essays, paying particular attention to setting-up the essay’s principal argument.

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