Uncovering Your Main Ideas

Your major ideas that you’re going to be covering in your essay now for the narrative you might not want to do this because it’s part of the you know joy of reading a narrative is to see it unfold and to be surprised by the different things that happen in it so thinking about that putting the overview of the entire essay and the thesis in your back pocket you kind of want to keep that you know that for the little eight the later essays so the thesis is basically your main point that you’re trying to make and that can kind of go along with the significance of the first essay but again the thesis is something you really want to pay attention to for the later essays so just I wanted to kind of read one of the introductions from the from one of the literacy narratives to kind of give you an idea of the different types of introductions.

There are and kind of what this specific one is doing as opposed to another one all right so this is the introduction for se habla espanol the man on the other end of the phone line is telling me the classes I’ve called about our first-rate native speakers in charge no more than six students per group I tell him that will be fine and yes I’ve studied a bit of Spanish in the past he asks for my name and I supply it rolling the double R and barrientos like a like a pro that’s when I hear the silent snag the momentary hesitation I’ve come to expect at this part of the exchange should I go into it again should I explain the way I have a half a dozen others that I am Guatemalan by birth but pure gringa by circumstance so this introduction pulls you in it’s attention-grabbing we’re in the middle of a story we’re talking and we have a conversation if you want to read more after you after you you know read that introduction you want to read it it sets the tone it kind of has a light-hearted humorous tone.

But it’s also informed like she’s Guatemalan we can tell from there she’s trying to supply class you know get classes going on so let’s let’s kind of change it up a little bit and think of this other literacy narrative the literacy behind bars it kind of has a different feel to it it I think it goes along more with the informative aspect of it as more and less than attention-grabbing but let’s let’s read it so many who today hear me somewhere in person or on television or those who read something I’ve said well think I went to school far beyond the eighth grade this impression is due entirely to my prison studies it had really begun back in Charleston prison where when bimby first made me feel envy of his stock of knowledge bimby had always taken charge of any conversation he was in and I had tried to emulate him but every book I picked up had few sentences which didn’t contain anywhere from one to nearly all of the words that might as well have been in Chinese when I just skipped those words of course I really ended up with little idea of what the book said so I had come to the North Norfolk prison colony still going through only book reading motions pretty soon I would have quit even these motions unless I had received the motivation that I did.

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