That’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for him.

Me: “So, if the thesis statement in the introduction says we are going to hear three reasons, what do you think comes after the author has already gone over his or her three reasons?”

Student: “The conclusion?”

Me: “Good, the…”

Another student interrupting: “No! The next reason. The fourth one. He didn’t say it at the beginning so it would be a surprise.”