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Transcript of Concluding Paragraphs
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The Function of the Concluding Paragraph
Wait! That sounds like the introductory paragraph!
Introduction vs. Conclusion
How to write a conclusion paragraph
Introduction Vs. Conclusion
Ways to Summarize the Essay's Main Points
Congratulations! You've made it through the introductory paragraphs and the body paragraphs.
All that's left is...the concluding paragraph!
Summarizes the essay
Shows you proved the point you set out to make
Gives reader a sense of completion
Reminds the reader of your main point
Draws everything together
Leaves the reader with something to think about
A paragraph is like a circle.
You end where you started.
What's the difference?
Like a funnel
One leads toward the body of your essay
The other leads the reader away from the body
begins with a general approach to the topic and then moves toward the specific.
begins specific and ends general.
Use introductory paragraph as a guide.
First sentence of Introduction: "There are three classes at school that I absolutely love to go to."
First sentence of Conclusion: "Gym, Math and Art are the three classes I look forward to the most."
MUST state author and title of novel/short story/poem
Refer briefly to each paragraph you wrote.
Leave readers with something to think about.
Suggest something readers can do about what they have just read.
The difference is the approach.
Do you see how the first is more general and the second is more specific?
How to structure the final paragraph
1.) Topic Sentence: fresh rephrasing of thesis statement.
2.) Supporting Sentences: summarize the main points in the body paragraphs of your essay.
3.) Closing sentence: show how your ideas are important. Leave your reader with something to think about.
Don't introduce a new idea in the conclusion!!!!!
The "So What" Tip for writing a conclusion
After writing your topic sentence, ask yourself, "So what? Why is that important?"
Your next sentence should explain why.
Then ask yourself again, "So what? Why is that important?" ...and so on...
Example of the "So What? Method"
"Education is very important in society."
So what? Why is it important?
"It gives all citizens an equal start."
Strategies for ending the concluding paragraph
1.) Perhaps add a quotation or surprising insight.
2.) Suggest some action to take or solution to an issue.
3.) Point out possible consequences of the points you've made.
Getting a better job is really a goal I would like to accomplish in the next few years. Finishing school will take me a long way to meeting this goal. To meet my goal, I will also prepare my resume and search for jobs. My goal may not be an easy one to achieve, but things that are worth doing are often not easy.
Body Paragraph Parts:
1.) Topic Sentence
2.) Transition & Supporting Detail #1
3.) Transition & Supporting Detail #2
4.) Transition & Supporting Detail #3
5.) Concluding Sentence