i need help with the hook (first sentence in introductory paragraph to get readers attention) for a johnny cash reporti have With his signature head-to-toe black clothing and the deep vocal mark he...

i need help with the hook (first sentence in introductory paragraph to get readers attention) for a johnny cash report

i have

With his signature head-to-toe black clothing and the deep vocal mark he planted on his songs, he created an unmistakable company that won't be matched.

but my teacher said hange it around, please help this all i got

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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How about an introduction that begins with his signature greeting in that low tone which sounds like a freight train mixed with a razor:  "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."

Another opening might be the first verse from his classic, "Folsom Prison Blues:"  "I hear the train a comin'/ It's rollin''round the bend ."  This summarizes so many themes in Cash's works.  Writing from the point of view of the dispossessed, the disposed, the ones for whom society has little problem silencing.

Last option would be to go into his autobiography and open your paper with a sample of lines he wrote about his brother or the death of his brother.  This image haunted the young Johnny Cash and was prevalent in his writing, his thinking, and his music.  Something like this might be a very strong opening to a paper that has unlimited potential.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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The first sentence you have sounds like it might have come from someone else's writing. If so, your teacher is asking you to paraphrase it (put it into your own words).

Here's an idea: Johnny Cash was known as "The Man in Black" because of his habit of always dressing in black. His deep voice is instantly recognizeable.

Hope this helps. good luck with your report!

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shannonandchuck | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Here's an idea for you:

" 'I killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die....' You might assume that this lyric belongs to a hardcore metal or rap song, but in actuality, it was written and performed by legendary country singer and songwriter, Johnny Cash."

The gritty nature of this intro would probably capture your readers' attention since it offers information that people might not associate with traditional country music. For more information on Johnny Cash, try the Biography website at http://www.biography.com/people/johnny-cash-9240610.

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