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Concluding Sentences:Do's and Don'ts
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A concluding sentence does more than wrap up what you have said in your paragraph:it summarize ideasit transitions to the next paragraphit demonstrates the importance of your topic idea
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Think of your paragraph like a hamburger:The top bun is thetopic sentenceThe middle ingredients are thesupporting sentencesThe bottom bun is theconcluding sentenceThe buns hold everything together and resemble each other, just as the topic and concluding sentences should.
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Dostick to the main points.Doallow for a smooth transition between the concluding sentence and the topic sentence of the next paragraph. For example:Concluding sentence"For these reasons, sea level rise is a climate change impact."Topic sentence in following paragraph"Another key stressor from climate change is extreme weather."
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Dofocus and be specific about how your supporting sentences contribute to the concluding sentence.Doarrange the body of the paragraph in a sequence that flows to lead up to the concluding sentence.Domake sure that a concluding sentence is necessary for your paragraph, as some short paragraphs may not require one.
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Sometimes all you need are a few well chosen wordsto sum up the main idea you have developed.
Don'tsimply rephrase your topic sentence;that would be redundant.Don'tbegin with an unnecessary, overused phrase like"in conclusion", "in summary", "in closing", or "as shown in the essay."(These may work in speeches, but they come across as wooden and trite in writing.)
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More free PARAGRAPH WRITING resources:topic sentencesupporting detailsunity & coherencetypes of paragraphsEight-week PARAGRAPH  WRITING courses:elementary schoolmiddle schoolhigh school
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