Monday, May 26, 2008

Archive: Conclusions in Writing

The purpose of this blog is to summarize articles on teaching English/language arts, from kindergarten through college, published in English education journals from the past.

Topic: Final Paragraph

Title: “Some Resources for Conclusions in Student Essays.” Dana C. Elder. College Composition and Communication (October 1987), 350-354.

Summary: The author says right off: “Obviously no sure-fire recipe for conclusions [concluding paragraphs] exists.” But he does offer some options: 1. To dispose the reader favorably towards oneself and unfavorably towards the adversary. 2. To recapitulate. 3. To offer the reader specific suggestions for further action, study or reflection.

Comment: When in doubt, summarize your ideas. RayS.

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