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Writing a Conclusion (7th Grade)

What should be included in the conclusion paragraph of an analytical essay? What should not be included?

Meg Mosier

on 28 May 2013

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Transcript of Writing a Conclusion (7th Grade)

The Recipe for a Strong Conclusion "That's a Wrap!" Restate your thesis.
Summarize your 3 main points.
Remind the reader of the Big Idea for this unit, and explain how your novel is an example of social commentary. Step 1:
Restate Your Thesis You have just spent the body proving your thesis.
Remind the reader what your thesis was. Your conclusion should begin pulling back into more general information that restates the main points of your argument. Intro = General Info. Body = Specific details Summarize your 2 main points Why should they care? Would you just get to the point?!
Your conclusion gives your reader something to take away that will help them see things differently or appreciate your topic in a way that matters to them. Your conclusion shows the reader why your analysis should matter to them when they put your paper down. THINK: Big Picture!
What is the "Big Idea"?
Why bother to write your ideas at all? For example:
Pull back from your narrow focus on THIS novel and make the point that many authors write literature as a form of social commentary.
What is your author's comment on society in this novel?
What is he or she trying to say? Provide a sense of closure to your paper "Wrap it up!" Make a connection to the ideas you expressed in your introduction.
Bring the reader back full circle. Make sure the reader will have NO QUESTION that you have proven what you set out to prove. Fine Ms. Mo, but how the heck do I DO that? Play the "So what?" game. NEVER say your thesis for the 1st time in your conclusion NEVER introduce a new topic in your conclusion. NEVER end by simply repeating your thesis statement without any additional commentary about it. NEVER end with sentimental, emotional statements that are out of character with the rest of an analytical paper. NEVER include evidence (quotes, paraphrasing etc.) that should have been in the body of the paper. Step 1: Whenever you make a statement from your conclusion, ask the friend to say, "So what?" or "Why should anybody care?"

Step 2: Then think about that question and answer it. One or two sentence per idea only.
Remind the reader what you said in the body paragraphs. If your are stuck on this:
Topic Sentences for Body Paragraphs. Intro Body Paragraphs Conclusion Original Thesis: The time is right for Jonas to stand up against the unjust restrictions in his community once he has created a plan. With the help of The Giver, he implements this plan that will change his community forever. Restated: It is not always an easy decision to stand up to injustice. We can feel more confident to take action, however, once we have created a plan and are able to implement it with the help of others. Example: In The Giver, Jonas and The Giver create a plan that will release all of the memories back to the community. In this way they are taking a stand against the Council of Elders extreme control. Jonas is willing to put his own safety at risk in order to empower others in his community. Example: Authors often use their writing to comment on social issues they observe in the world around them. In The Giver, Lowry forces readers to consider the freedom that is sacrificed in order to achieve ultimate security.
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