Let's Start to Learn About Finishing!

Contributor: Jennifer Blanchard. Lesson ID: 13893

Have you ever written a long paper before? Didn't you feel so good when you were near the end? But wait! You remembered you had to write a conclusion, and that was tough. Let's make it easier!

categories

Writing

subject
English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

Read these endings to two different books:

Yeti Turn Out the Light

Too Much Glue

  • Aren't they so interesting?
  • Don't you wonder what happened before these endings?!

Keep reading to learn how you can make the endings to your own writing this exciting!

  • What did you think of those story conclusions above?

Exciting conclusions make what we read (and write!) more interesting and help us remember it better.

  • How can you write conclusions like that?

We have just the steps to make it easy! Let's get started.

  • First of all, what is a conclusion?

A conclusion is the last sentence, sentences, or paragraph at the end of a writing piece.

  • Why do we have conclusions?

Conclusions remind readers what they just read by summing everything up with different words. They also end the writing with purpose and give the reader a sense of closure by answering all the questions about the topic.

A good conclusion often leaves readers with a lasting thought or impression. It is like wrapping up your writing with a big bow!

  • Does your conclusion always have to be the same?

No!

There are many different types of conclusions that will fit whatever type of writing you are doing. You can pick and choose the one that works best in each piece of writing.

  • What are some different types of conclusions?

Let's review 11 different types!

  Comparison
   

Definition:

compares the main idea to something else and then explains it

Example:

Having a special cousin in your life is like having a treasure that's precious for a lifetime.

  Without Statement
   

Definition:

uses a "without" phrase to show how important your topic and main idea are

Example:

Without my coach, my soccer practices would be boring and my weekends would be empty.

  Hope or Wish
   

Definition:

ends with a hope or wish for the future

Example:

I am already looking forward to our next trip to the beach. I hope I don't have to wait too long for those sunny, happy days!

  Lesson Learned
   

Definition:

describes what's learned while experiencing the topic of your writing

Example:

I learned that I shouldn't lie because it gets me into worse trouble. When something like this happens again, I'm going to tell the truth. Things will turn out much better!

  Big Feeling
   

Definition:

describes what you are feeling at the end of the story

Example:

I had never felt better. I love campfires more than anything else!

  Final Action
   

Definition:

describes what actions are happening at the end of the story

Example:

As I snuggled under my covers that night, I heard one last bang. The windows rattled and the dog started barking. My thoughts went wild!

  Offer Advice
   

Definition:

explains what you think someone else should do

Example:

Take it from me, if you ever find yourself locked out of your house, don't just wait around. Do anything you can to get inside!

  Dialogue
   

Definition:

ends with someone speaking

Example:

"Watch out! A baseball is coming your way!"

  Snapshot
   

Definition:

includes a lot of details to "paint a picture" for your reader to visualize

Example:

The red and white stripes on the curtains, the red and white squares on the tables, and the cheesy, sizzling pizza on the table were just what I needed.

  Question
   

Definition:

finishes with a question for your reader to think about

Example:

After all, how bad can it really be?

  Sound Effect
   

Definition:

ends with onomatopoeia-sounds that your reader can hear

Example:

Smash! Boom! Bang!

 

  • Can you already tell which type of conclusion might be your favorite?

Let's keep moving right along to the Got It? section to try out some of these conclusions!

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