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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tutorial 7 - Writing Concluding Sentences


Tutorial 7 - Writing Concluding Sentences


The last sentence in your body paragraph is the concluding sentence. It must restate the first sentence of your paragraph, the topic sentence. In other words, it must reiterate the idea in the topic sentence but without using the exact words.

Recall the paragraph that we wrote in the last two tutorials:

Firstly, television programmes are very informative and can impart a great variety of information to children. For example, Animal Planet teaches children a great deal about the animal kingdom. In fact, children get to watch all sorts of animals in action and this is much more exciting than reading about them in books In addition, children get to learn a lot of interesting facts from the History and Science channels. For this reason, watching television programmes is a good way of getting them interested in what they are learning in school. Therefore, it is beneficial for children to watch television because they can learn so much from it.

Can you see that the concluding sentence (last sentence) above - 'Therefore, it is beneficial for children to watch television because they can learn so much from it' - is a restatement of the topic sentence (first sentence) - 'Firstly, television programmes are very informative and can impart a great variety of information to children.'?

Another important thing to remember is to use transitions in your concluding sentence to make your paragraph more smooth flowing. The transitions to use in concluding sentences include - Therefore, Thus, Hence, So, As a result and Consequently.



Homework 7A

For the paragraphs written in Homework 6A, write a concluding sentence for each of them.

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