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  1. Journal Write ***Have out: Expository Benchmark Essay (MISTAKES = OPPORTUNITY FOR LEARNING) and your PINK strategies sheet!*** • Which introduction strategies did you try last week? How are you feeling about your intro now? Has it improved?

  2. Conclusion Paragraph Strategies Expository Essays

  3. Ineffective Conclusions • I hope you enjoyed reading my… • In this essay/letter you have learned… • In conclusion,… • As you can see/tell… • I just told you about (exact thesis)…

  4. Definitions / Notes to Self • Echo from Introduction: Paraphrasing or restating your thesis statement or big ideas to provide closure to your essay. • Quotation: Using a famous or often heard by you quote that thematically ties into your topic. (Note: the FINAL sentence of your essay needs to be in YOUR words.) • Make a Generalization: Some sort of general statement or idea about your topic or thesis to provide closure to your essay.

  5. “Mistakes” Conclusion: ECHO I carry my grandfather’s advice with me everywhere. Whenever I fail to make the right choice or just find myself in difficult situations, I try to pause and remember his wise words…

  6. Side by Side Comparison Introduction: Used a QUOTE Conclusion: ECHOES Quote I carry my grandfather’s advice with me everywhere. Whenever I fail to make the right choice or just find myself in difficult situations… “Pick yourself up and dust yourself off.” That’s what my grandpa always used to tell me whenever I screwed up big time…

  7. “Mistakes” Conclusion: QUOTE “Goonies never say die!” My favorite childhood movie embodies that same idea my grandfather tried to drill into me…

  8. Side by Side Comparison Introduction: Used a QUOTE Conclusion: NEW Quote (also echoes) “Goonies never say die!” My favorite childhood movie embodies that same idea my grandfather tried to drill into me… “Pick yourself up and dust yourself off.” That’s what my grandpa always used to tell me whenever I screwed up big time…

  9. “Mistakes” Conclusion: GENERALIZATION Growing up is hard. No matter who you are, where you live, how much money you have, navigating the waters of life is no easy task…

  10. Side by Side Comparison Introduction: Used a QUOTE Conclusion: Uses a GENERALIZATION Growing up is hard. No matter who you are, where you live, how much money you have, navigating the waters of life is no easy task… “Pick yourself up and dust yourself off.” That’s what my grandpa always used to tell me whenever I screwed up big time…

  11. Final words about Conclusions… • Different strategies work better with different topics. • Use strategies that work to your strengths as a writer. • Remember, “showing” is always better than “telling”! • Do NOT introduce new information in your conclusion.

  12. TODAY! REVISE YOUR CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH! • In your CONCLUSION make sure you have: • Rephrasing of Thesis Statement (echo or quote) • Possible brief Summary of Body Paragraph details (careful it doesn’t sound formulaic) • Final Reflective Commentary(generalization) • Revision FORMAT: • Revised Conclusion written below intro revision. • All conclusion strategies clearly LABELED. • Stapled to the TOP of ALL your pages. • DONE? Read your NOVEL. Do NOT distract others.