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Introductions and Conclusions

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Carly Smoot

on 2 October 2015

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Transcript of Introductions and Conclusions

Hook the reader!
Quote
Set the scene!
Background Info.

Leads
readers into your thesis and gives them
the foundation
they need to grasp your paper/ideas.
Let them eat cake!
A thesis must:
Introductions
Conclusions
Bookends
Missing you all while I'm here...
How to Write Introductions and Conclusions
Question
Surprising Fact
Humor
Anecdote
Figurative Language
Some ideas:
Brief background of character
History of the book/time period/historical event/etc.
Setting
Biography of the author
DO NOT
use any phrasing like, "In the prompt," "I have to argue about," etc.
Clearly
and
specifically
tell your reader what to expect in the paper
Is
arguable

It needs to be
declarative
It is
not
a question
Effective Paper
Summarizing is for chumps;
synthesizing
is for winners!
Don't
be a broken record
(I read your paper, I don't need you to repeat everything I just read)
Do
remind us of your thesis and your main points,
but
show us
how
the points you made and the evidence you presented were not random,
but fit together
I want a bow. I like bows. Tie all of your ideas together in the conclusion. Pretty please.
So what?
Show the readers
why
the paper and your ideas in it were
important, convincing, meaningful, useful, etc.
I call the second part of the conclusion
the takeaway.
I just read your whole paper and I want something more than a summary. I like gifts.
Moral of the story
: I'm needy. Give me bows (synthesize your main points) and gifts (give me a takeaway) in the conclusion.
I also want to be
this
excited when I finish reading your papers #teachergoals
Pack a final punch!
Ways to end your paper:
Challenge the reader
(a.k.a. call-to-action)
Look to the future
Pose a question
Figurative language
...Have fun with Halle and be good to one another.
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