By Mary Rose
The opening and closing paragraphs in an essay should stand out clearly from the rest of the paper, thus demonstrating the writer's organizational skills. This lesson describes the technique for making a good closing paragraph called "writing in a circle."
Includes 2 helpful reproducibles:
• Five Ways to End an Essay or Story
• Five Ways to Begin and End Your Work
Help for struggling and inexperienced writersMany writers who struggle are convinced that whatever they do, they are sure they will get it “wrong.” This activity provides many variations on an introduction and shows that, if it makes sense, it is “good!” If your students are struggling, be sure to repeat this activity with the expository introductions or with another prompt. For those who are still confused by the lesson, have these students match the introduction to the closing every time. If they began with a question, they should end with a question. If they began with a quote, they should end with a quote. Simplifying the format enables these students to make one decision fewer and increases their chances of writing a cohesive essay!
Grades 3 & Up