Persuasive Essay. Teacher Training Measurement, Inc. October 12, 2009. Support/ Topic Sentences. Conclusion.
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Teacher Training Measurement, Inc.
October 12, 2009
Your conclusion paragraph should reiterate your best points, and it should go beyond your thesis. Strong endings include: a call to action, a final surprising fact, a prediction of future events, or a synthesizing of previous argument. Be sure to begin with a transition.
(From Step Up to Writing)
Transition Words to Introduce Conclusions
(from Study Guides and Strategies – www.studygs.net)
*Avoid using “In conclusion”. It is overused and has become trite.
Writers of an argumentative essay must consider what others will say to refute their argument. (That’s why it’s called an argumentative essay!) This is the source of energy for this kind of paper. Raising the objections of your opposition and then—carefully, kindly, perhaps even wittily-- showing how your way of seeing things better reveals you, the author, as a thoughtful, reasonable, thorough individual. Don’t cheat by raising only the weak or silly arguments that your opponents might raise; your paper becomes strong by taking on the strength of the opposition. ..Also, never belittle or threaten your opposition in any way. What is the point of defeating someone who isn’t as strong or even stronger than you are? Respect for the opposition goes beyond sportsmanship; giving the enemy its due makes your argument all the stronger.
…In considering your opposition’s argument(s), it’s a good idea to prepare a chart that graphically represents your main points and the points that your opposition might try to make against you. Making up a chart of points and counter-points will enable you to see weak elements in your own and in your opposition’s arguments.
--Composition Patterns: Developing an Argument. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/argument__opp...
*The following examples are from Nancy Atwell from Lessons That Change Writers, 2002.