Essay Introductions and Conclusions
an essay can be a tough challenge. It can be easier to tackle it in
chunks, for example, by writing the introduction and conclusion
paragraphs together. Why? The introduction and conclusion paragraphs
have a lot in common: they’re the same length, and they share similar
Both the introduction
and conclusion paragraphs are three sentences long; one sentence
pattern goes from most to least general. The other is the reverse, from
least to most general. Following is a form for you to review your
knowledge and practice writing your introductions and conclusions.
an essay, the introduction and conclusion paragraphs are similar. In
fact, they are the “mirror images” of each other. This exercise will
give you practice in writing them both.
The Introduction Paragraph
introduction paragraph, which is the first paragraph in an academic
essay, has at least 3 sentences. First is the most general sentence.
The next sentence, the second, is more detailed. The third and last
sentence is your thesis statement, the most detailed sentence of all.
You can view a sample essay, “The Wonders of Ice Cream,” to see this at
work (Weekly Features: The Essay Parts 1, 2 or 3).
The Conclusion Paragraph
conclusion paragraph, too, has at least 3 sentences. This paragraph’s
sentence order is the opposite of the introduction paragraph’s sentence
order: it goes from most detailed to most general, the opposite of the
introduction’s most general to most detailed order.
the conclusion paragraph, the first sentence is the most detailed. It
is a re-statement of your thesis statement; use synonyms to re-state.
The second statement is a little more general. And the third and last
sentence is the most general. As you can see, the conclusion paragraph
is a “mirror image” of your introduction paragraph. Try yours below.
Introduction: Remember, most general, more
detailed, then thesis statement.
Conclusion: Remember, re-stated thesis,
then more general, then most general sentence.
(June 16, 2013)
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