16. Writing an Introduction


DirectionsLook over the following three introduction paragraphs.  1- Can you find the main issuethe writers will continue presenting in the rest of their papers?  2- How do the writers explain the background for their topicsby using interesting facts, observations, examples, images, or thought questions?  3- What kind of significant experiencewill each author narrate?  4- Comment on what you think about how they each chose to write the titles of their essays.

The Case for Net Neutrality

John Kilcrease


The Net. In roughly 25 years, it has become the largest source for information in the world. In all of history, no one has had access to this much information. No one has ever dreamed that it would be as fast as it is today. Within seconds, trillions of questions can be answered from anywhere in the world or in space and at any time of the day or night. In my own experience, I can instantly see and talk to people from the other side of the world, all while I’m playing Candy Crush or updating my Facebook status. My friends can Kickstart their favorite new indie band while watching the new viral cat video on YouTube and bid on sports tickets on eBay. Most Americans can’t even imagine the world without the Internet. The Internet is arguably the fastest developing invention of the last half century. It has defined the 21stcentury. But there are many who believe that it is under attack.  Is this really the case, and if so what do experts argue might be the best approaches to keeping the internet open, free or low cost, and accessible to all of us? In this essay, I will tell my own stories about my involvement with the Net and why I think we need to protect keeping it open for all of us.

Take Two Walks and Call Me in the Morning


Holly Fullmer

Thanks to our ancestors who were visionary leaders and administrators in their day, we have lands that have been preserved for our enjoyment. National Parks are found throughout North America because of the efforts of many forward thinking people during the late 1800s and early 1900s. However, for almost two centuries prior, did you know there was almost no effort to preserve land? This is why there is little green space to be found in many of the oldest and largest cities in America, which grew quickly and steadily after the arrival of the first immigrants. For over a century, many people have made it a priority to provide these green and blue spaces so that lives and property would be improved for the better. For example, in this essay I will take you through my experiences hiking the newly extended 28-mile loop of the Ogden River Parkway/Centennial Trail, enjoying several hours of traffic-free beauty as I circled the entire Ogden area.  In this paper, I want to explore two important points. First, it seems there is a lot more push from city councils these days for green space in our communities than there has ever been. Second, one important benefit of green space is that there seems to be a direct connection between spending time outside and our mental and physical health and well-being.

Edward Snowden: The Hero vs. Traitor Debate

Alexandra Harris

Throughout the decades, there have been a few select individuals who, seeing something wrong within a system, have chosen to risk their jobs, freedom, and sometimes their lives in order to expose flaws and bring about significant change. These individuals are referred to as whistleblowers, and the nature of their actions inspires the question, are they heroes or traitors? What about you?  Have you ever become aware of something going wrong in your own workplace or organization, but you weren’t sure if speaking up would be mean-spirited or actually needed to point out serious problems? In June 2013, Edward Snowden took on the role of whistleblower by exposing the extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) had been spying on allies, enemies, and American citizens alike. Let’s look at the arguments on both sides concerning Snowden’s actions.  Comparing my own experiences to that of Snowden, I will focus in this essay on revealing my own challenging whistleblower ordeal.