So we had our vertical alignment meetings today in English. When meeting with the 6-8 team we were told one way to write a paper. Then, those of us who went to the 6-12 meeting where told another way. So, I'm asking... When writing an introduction: Hook, sum up main points, thesis (3-5 sentences) or should your thesis go first and then sum up main points, or should you sum up the main points in your thesis. EX: Thesis statement: My brother is a nuisance to society or My brother is a nuisance to society because (then give your three-four reasons why). Transitions: Should they be included to start every paragraph or are we looking for a transition sentence to flow between paragraphs. Conclusion: Thesis sentence should or should not be repeated as the first sentence of this paragraph. It was so frustrating hearing we should write one way and then having the high school tell us that we are teaching them incorrectly and need to teach another way! So, I'm not sure what is the correct way anymore. I thought writing was more subjective!