Getting Started and Wrapping Up! Introduction: Your introduction should contain general comments leading up to the detailed events and sensory images. Descriptive/Narrative Introduction “Must Have's” What to say! What you say! Sentence #1: Hook – Introduce your character by describing his/her appearance and/or personality. In The Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man is a loveable, sympathetic character whose overwhelming desire to have a heart sometimes causes him to become emotional and to behave in unpredictable ways. Sentence #2: Elaborate – Tell us a little more about the character so we can get an idea of who he/she is and how he/she tends to behave in the novel. In some scenes dancing in the streets, in others yelling angrily at the deceitful Wizard, the Tin Man is a character whose wide range of emotions illustrate that he is anything but heartless. Sentence #3: Thesis – Provide three specific ways in which you are similar to your chosen character. Because of our intense loyalty to our friends, our determination to reach our goals, and our tendency to burst into tears over the smallest incident, I believe that the Tin Man and I have much in common. *Important Note: Remember to immediately grasp your reader’s attention with strong details and sensory images that paint a picture in his/her mind. Conclusion: Your conclusion should summarize your main points and leave readers with something about which to think. Descriptive/Narrative Conclusion “Must Have's” What to say! What you say! Sentence #1: Restate/Reword the hook (in different words!) Like any overly-emotional person, the Tin Man often comes across as unstable and impulsive. Sentence #2: Restate thesis (in different words!) Because he frequently and rapidly displays emotional highs and lows, I feel that the Tin Man and I have a lot of similarities. Sentence #3: Leave your readers with a final thought. And while both mine and the Tin Man’s behavior tends to go from one extreme to the other, perhaps it is precisely that kind of behavior that causes people to love us.