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Introductions & Conclusions

A Montgomery College Germantown Writing Center Workshop
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Allison Hutchison

on 26 August 2014

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Transcript of Introductions & Conclusions

Introductions and conclusions are like bookends on a shelf; they hold the essay together. In that respect, they mirror one another in their structure and content. This allows the audience to recognize your essay's organization more easily.
How are they similar?
Hook (grabs audience's attention)
Background information
Thesis statement
Blueprint or main points
Ingredients of an Introduction:
A "so-what?" statement allows your audience to see a greater purpose for your essay. Sometimes, writers use a "call to action" statement that tells the audience what to do next.
Avoid beginning your conclusion with transition phrases like "In conclusion" or "In summary." The fact that the essay is drawing to a close should be apparent to your audience without these obvious transition phrases.
DO NOT bring up new information.
Tips for Conclusions
A student named Matt Watson wrote the following thesis in his introduction: "By granting college students liberal lending arrangements, credit card companies often hook them on a cycle of spending that can ultimately lead to financial ruin" (Rules for Writers, p. 46). In the conclusion, he wrote: "Students who can't 'just say no' to temptations such as high credit limits and revolving balances could well become hooked
on a cycle of debt from which there is no
easy escape" (Rules for Writers, p. 48).
An Example of a Restated Thesis
Ingredients of a Conclusion:
Summary of the blueprint or main points
Restatement of the thesis
Note: A restatement means you do not repeat the exact same thesis statement used in the introduction.
A "so-what?" statement for the audience to consider (helps them transition out of your essay and back into the real world).
Introductions & Conclusions
A Writing Center Workshop
Introductions
Conclusions
The hook of your introduction is like the hook in a song. It's something catchy that the audience can remember.
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