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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tutorial 8 - Writing the Concluding Paragraph


Tutorial 8 - Writing the Concluding Paragraph


The structure of the concluding paragraph is as follows:

Transition:

Main Conclusion:

Summary:

Opinion/Prediction/Comment/Warning/Hope/Suggestion:

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Transitions for the concluding paragraph:
In conclusion, In short, In summary, To sum up, All in all, In a nutshell, etc.

Main conclusion:
Restate the thesis statement ie. re-express the main idea of your essay in a different way that you did in your thesis statement

Summary:
Summarise the three main ideas in your three body paragraphs. Just one sentence will suffice.

Opinion/Prediction/Comment/Warning/Hope/Suggestion/Advice:
Write about something that points to the future of the related topic. This is where you can show the examiner greater insight and score a few more points. The last sentence is very important because this is the sentence that the examiner reads just before deciding on your score. So make a powerful last impression.

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For example, if your thesis statement was, "Watching television can benefit children in several ways," your concluding paragraph could look something like this:

Transition: To sum up

Main Conclusion: It is advantageous for children to watch television because of many reasons.

Summary: In my opinion, the three most important reasons are that children absorb facts effortlessly, they learn a new language much more easily and they develop a good habit of keeping abreast with current affairs.

Advice: However, parents should monitor the type of programmes that their children watch and limit the amount of time that their children spend on watching television. This will help children reap maximum benefits while limiting the negative effects of television viewing.

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After writing all the separate parts, put them all together in one paragraph:

To sum up,
it is advantageous for children to watch television because of many reasons. In my opinion, the three most important reasons are that children absorb facts effortlessly, they learn a new language much more easily and they develop a good habit of keeping abreast with current affairs. However, parents should monitor the type of programmes that their children watch and limit the amount of time that their children spend on watching television. This will help children reap maximum benefits while limiting the negative effects of television viewing.

Homework 8A

Write concluding paragraphs for the thesis statements given in Homework 4A.



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