The power of a great introduction - Carolyn Mohr

View full lesson on ed.ted.com Never underestimate the power of an intriguing start. When analyzing the literary greats like Charles Dickens and Kurt Vonnegut, be inspired by their craft and learn how to write a tantalizing introduction and strong thesis. Lesson by Carolyn Mohr, animation by Judy Korin.

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"Dear Friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand... " I love everything about that book
"The spark in her eyes were ignited by a simple sentence, that reverberated within her skull everyday: 'Life is a story,' however, she took several years to decipher the five syllables that could be part of a haiku, a saying, a part of a sonnet, a poem, a story, a life...?" Read more... Life is a story. Everyone you cross by has this story. Their family; their education; their significant other; jobs; ambitions; mental models; motto; home; sins; deeds; so on so forth. However, you wouldn't dare bat bat an eye at the person who crosses you. Something in common? Humans are selfish. They wear masks, hold grudges, carry impressions and don't give two shits about anything.
"I was on fire." -The Glass Castle BEST HOOK EVER! If you haven't read this book, you need to.
"Ash fell from the sky."
"Long ago, the four nations lived in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked." Intro to the show that changed the way I look at the world
"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly in school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita." PURE GOLD.
This is making sense. When I was in school i was Terrible at writing introductions, but the rest was all good
"Look at the title how to write a thesis and introduction. Would that have hooked you?" Me: O- Ahhhhh you clever little tricker you
"Once when I was six years old I saw a beautiful picture in a book about the primeval forest called True Stories. It showed a boa constrictor swallowing an animal. Here is a copy of the drawing." My fave ❤️
The problem is that even if you created a good introduction and a good thesis and a good analysis and a good conclusion, most of the teachers in my school won't read it. Tsk tsk! :/
"The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed". It's my all time favorite beginning by Stephen King
Not true
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"The power of a great introduction"...Lemme rewind to intro...
Love this. I've had some misunderstandings on how to create an intro and this cleared them up.
"A young man stands in his bedroom. It just so happens that today, the 13th of April, 2009, is this young man's birthday. Though it was thirteen years ago he was given life, it is only today he will be given a name! ..." and then it happens
The Dresden Files Book 6, Blood Rite , still has my favorite opening line. Granted, it makes more sense if you've read the previous books, but it's still very funny on its own. "The building was on fire, and it wasn't my fault." That tells you a not insignificant amount about the character in question :P
I loved this
Quite a twist
Thoroughly hooked. Awesome presentation!
One introduction that has remained stubbornly hardwired in my brain, "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of Number 4 Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much"
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."
I was hoping for gold, then she started with the most generic shit "hands create and hands destroy" no shit einstein. tell me something I either don't know, or it's so mundane that I haven't noticed. if you want to start with hands, don't give me generic actions hands have done throughout history. Give me something more personal and unique. something that brings me back to my childhood. or something that tells me about your childhood. something special. Something like " when I was five, I saw my hands for the first time. not that I had never seen them before. Of course I knew they were there, but when I was five, I noticed them for the first time as what they truly were. a pair of tools. and they were mine. I could use them to grab things, to draw to unzip my jacket and push my sister. I have to admit, I wasn't the most dexterous five year old. I spilled my drinks all the time, and dropped everything I was not supposed to drop. At times I was very frustrated with these uncoordinated tools and looked up to my mothers beautiful hands. so soft and clean. They could peel an orange without a single drop of juice spurting out. .. etc etc .
Great Expectations read in a kids voice irked me so much because whenever I read it I imagine a grown man reading it
I'm writing a rap song about a suicidal girl.. How should i start? Any tips on the intro?
"I will never forgive my mother for giving me a name like Erica with a last name like Yurken."
Good video re essay writing tips.A side point..it seems many Americans think that Dickens writes about Victorian England. If you look at the dates of the publications you will see that , for example, Oliver Twist was written at the very BEGINNING of the Victorian period and is actually about life in GEORGIAN England.It seems that the main thing Americans learn about Dickens from the very outset is ''the dire need for reform.yadayada... Victorian England'' of course that's true.. but then trying to find ways to read that INTO the text rather than discovering something FROM the text are two different things.I'd advise any reader davka NOT to read introductions and cribs etc till after reading the book, read the book fresh, as if it came from another planet and see what comes out at you.. .. then , after reading commentaries, you can read it AGAIN in that light. How do I know she was reading what she wanted INTO the text and not the other way around? Because she thought it was about Victorian England and issues that relate to Oliver Twist and not Great Expectations!Pip is NOT Oliver.. a completely different story.
That ending statement freaked me out a bit. Like the creator of the video was grabbing at me through the screen.
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I miss this old less shortened version of the intro
When it said " think about how this video started " did anyone else rewind to the beginning to watch the intro again?
One of these based on conclusions would be really helpful!
Best music a TED-Ed video has.
Throughout my childhood I stayed away from books. I had no interest in reading about adventures or heroic characters. I later found that I have deep interest in non-fiction books (entrepreneurs biographies, science, engieering, etc). I find ridiculous that when kids are encouraged to read in school they are encouraged to read fiction books. While some may like that sort of thing, I feel it scares away kids that may benefit from other types of books as it did with me.
That ending caught my mind.
Did anybody else cringe when the hook opened Dickens'head?
I thought this would be for story's :( I'm so bad at writing but want to write so bad. I'm so good at thinking up worlds and story's but can't put it in words. Sigh* The only reason I say I am good at making them up is because I may or meh not still play with dolls and tell my own story... (Yes I'm a teenager.) Of course it's not just playing its more telling myself a story. I even put myself on edge wanting to know what I'll make happen next and have to think though what should happen. It's sounds silly though... You probably all think I am stance now but who cares, because I will probably never meet anyone of you.
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Wow im so excited about thesis sentences. My interest level is soaring....=.=
This was done by my freshman english teacher! she's amazing :3
What is the music at 2.52?
THANK YOU TED ED! 
Brillian and very helpful  Loved the graphics andi illustrations. TY
Thank you so much for this! helped me so much!!!!!!
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The power of a great introduction - Carolyn Mohr