Make sure the beginning leads the reader to your stance! Choose one of the following approaches:
- Begin with a surprising statistic or fact. Elaborate on this fact for a few sentences, leading the reader to your stance.
- Begin with an anecdote, or a short story that provides context for the reader. (Think of the Radical Experiment in Empathy and other sources we have considered)
- Move from the general to the specific (Begin with goodness, and move the reader to empathy in a few sentences)
- Organize your work around your stance. Your topic sentences should connect directly to your stance; make sure that they clear, direct, and argumentative.
- All of the content in a paragraph should connect directly to its topic sentence.
- Don’t back down. Maintain your argument until the end of the rant.
- include an action step. What should the reader/listener do next?
- Conclude with a powerful sentence.