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Lesson 26: Write Your Conclusion

In this lesson you will learn a formula for your conclusion. Stick to the formula. Later, you will have chance to get creative, if you want.

First, study this concluding paragraph that has been written according to the formula:

 

Beautiful scenery, delicious food, and world-famous museums—these are some of the things that make France such a wonderful country. If you go to France, you won't regret it. France is a perfect destination for a holidy.

 

 

The first sentence restates the main points of the essay in a series of short phrases, followed by an em-dash and the main clause: "—these are some of the things that make France such a wonderful country. It's a bit of an advanced sentence pattern, but it's very useful, and now is a good time to learn it.

The rest of the paragraph consists of several sentences that basically restate the thesis and wrap things up.

Here are the bare bones of the formula:

 

_Reason # 1,_reason # 2, and _reason # 3_—these are some of the things that make _________ such a wonderful country. If you go to __________, you won't regret it. __________ is a perfect destination for a holiday.

 

 

Of course, if you are working on your second paper (the "con" paper), you are going to have to turn it around. Here is an example:

 

Smelly people, crowded subways, and expensive food—all these things make France a poor choice for a holiday. Don’t be fooled by people who say that France is a wonderful country. France is overrated. Spend your holiday dollars somewhere else.

 

 

Here are the bare bones of that paragraph, for you to use in your "negative" conclusion:

 

_Reason # 1, _reason # 2_and _reason # 3_—these are some of the things that make _________a poor choice for a holiday. Don’t be fooled by people who say that __________ is a wonderful country. __________ is overrated. Spend your holiday dollars somewhere else.

 

 

Lesson Steps

 
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Write your conclusion according to the following formula.

For a "pro" paper use this formula:

_Reason # 1, _reason # 2, and _reason # 3_—these are some of the things that make _________ such a wonderful country. If you go to __________, you won't regret it. __________ is a perfect destination for a holiday.

 

For a "con" paper use this formula:

_Reason # 1, _reason # 2_and _reason # 3_—these are some of the things that make _________a poor choice for a holiday. Don’t be fooled by people who say that __________ is a wonderful country. __________ is overrated. Spend your holiday dollars somewhere else.

 

2.

Congratulations!

Your are now about half-way done with your paper. At least you've finished the first draft. That's a big step.

In the next lesson you will begin the revision process.