Sample Assignment: Writing Strong Conclusions
- The following sample sheet is designed as an in-class activity, but it could be adapted for a homework assignment.
- This activity uses large and small groupings.
Goals: Students learn about different types and purposes of conclusions.
Advantages: Students practice analytical reading/viewing and brainstorming.
Types of conclusions
- This University of North Carolina Writing Center has posted a great handout on Conclusions. http://writingcenter.unc.edu/files/2012/09/Conclusions-The-Writing-Center.pdf
- Distribute the UNC handout, or a similar one, to students and discuss types of conclusions and appropriate situations for each type of conclusion.
- Show one or two brief videos. I like Simon’s Cat http://www.simonscat.com/Films/Cat-Man-Do/ and http://www.simonscat.com/Films/Fly-Guy/
- Discuss the content of the video(s) as a large group.
- Divide class into small groups. Assign each group a different type of conclusion. Ask students to consider the information we have from the videos about Simon and his cat and write a concluding sentence or two using the assigned conclusion type.
- After a few minutes, ask the groups to share their conclusions and explain which type of conclusion they used.