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Writing a Strong Conclusion Study Guide (page 3)

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Dos And Don'ts In Writing A Conclusion

  1. Do consider carefully the goals you seek for your conclusion, and match those goals with one or more of the six strategies presented in this lesson.
  2. If you get stuck, take a walk around the block, or sleep on it, and return to the essay the next day to write the conclusion. A little perspective always helps.
  3. Do not begin your conclusion with clichèd and trite phrases such as these:
    • in conclusion
    • to summarize
    • I conclude by
    • and so we see that
  4. Do not repeat your thesis in exact words. Expand on it imaginatively

Practice: Writing Strong Conclusions For Strong Introductions

For this exercise, select three of the strong introductions you chose from the pairs provided in Writing a Strong Introduction Study Guide.

Enter those strong introductions in the following chart, and write brief descriptions of your ideas for a strong conclusion to those introductions. Explain which strategy you have chosen to use.

The introductory sentences are repeated here for your convenience:

Sentence Pair 1
 1. I've lived in this town my whole life and never knew there was an underground tunnel.
 2. I've lived in this town my whole life and never knew its best-kept secret.
Sentence Pair 2
 1. Baseball is an extremely boring game.
 2. Baseball is so boring it could put the dead to sleep.
Sentence Pair 3
 1. The Internet is turning us all into zombies.
 2. The controversy surrounding the effects of the Internet on its users continues to be a hot topic among research scientists.
Sentence Pair 4
 1. My favorite movie is Star Wars, for a very surprising reason.
 2. Star Wars is probably one of the five best movies ever made.

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