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twisted wheel

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essay question
« on: April 07, 2010, 04:33:49 AM »
how do you write a really good introduction and conclusion?
or more specifically, what do you include?

thanks, daryl

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Re: essay question
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2010, 07:01:33 AM »
For the introduction, I think you can do it one of two ways. You can begin your introduction with a broad, overall sentence to let the reader know the general topic. Then with each sentence in the 1st paragraph after that, you slowly narrow it down to your thesis statement. Think of a Triangle with a point down, showing the wide width at the top. Broad to Narrow.

Or you can start with your thesis statement and slowly broaden the scope with each sentence. A Triangle as we normally think with the wide width supporting it at the bottom, and the point at the top. Narrow to Broad.

I have become accustomed to using the former, which puts my thesis statement in a position to better transition to the body of the essay. However, there are many who think you should get to the point right away with the first sentence.

Sometimes the last sentence of the first paragraph will bluntly put what the paper is going to discuss in order of the following paragraphs. Such as, "Three components to organizational behavior that will be discussed in this paper are a, b, c."

The conclusion is usually just a summary of the introduction. It is written to show what you wrote about, and you have the option of adding a sentence or two regarding highlighting a major point made by the essay discussion. However, the Conclusion should never introduce new material or ideas. Everything included in the Conclusion must have been previously covered else where in the essay.

Hope this helps some. I'm sure there are others with additional thoughts.

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Re: essay question
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2010, 07:11:07 AM »
Essays are like a speech.

First you tell them what you are going to tell them.

Then you tell them.

Finally, you tell them what you told them.
Little Bits of History A short essay on something that happened on any day.

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Re: essay question
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2010, 07:27:49 AM »
Essays are like a speech.

First you tell them what you are going to tell them.

Then you tell them.

Finally, you tell them what you told them.

i'm always saying that and then forgot to apply it.  ;D

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Re: essay question
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2010, 07:29:42 AM »
For the introduction, I think you can do it one of two ways. You can begin your introduction with a broad, overall sentence to let the reader know the general topic. Then with each sentence in the 1st paragraph after that, you slowly narrow it down to your thesis statement. Think of a Triangle with a point down, showing the wide width at the top. Broad to Narrow.

Or you can start with your thesis statement and slowly broaden the scope with each sentence. A Triangle as we normally think with the wide width supporting it at the bottom, and the point at the top. Narrow to Broad.

I have become accustomed to using the former, which puts my thesis statement in a position to better transition to the body of the essay. However, there are many who think you should get to the point right away with the first sentence.

Sometimes the last sentence of the first paragraph will bluntly put what the paper is going to discuss in order of the following paragraphs. Such as, "Three components to organizational behavior that will be discussed in this paper are a, b, c."

The conclusion is usually just a summary of the introduction. It is written to show what you wrote about, and you have the option of adding a sentence or two regarding highlighting a major point made by the essay discussion. However, the Conclusion should never introduce new material or ideas. Everything included in the Conclusion must have been previously covered else where in the essay.

Hope this helps some. I'm sure there are others with additional thoughts.

that's excellent. thanks a lot 8)

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Re: essay question
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2010, 07:32:51 AM »
Essays are like a speech.

First you tell them what you are going to tell them.

Then you tell them.

Finally, you tell them what you told them.
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nice one spell chick, short and to the point
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Re: essay question
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2010, 07:41:50 AM »
Below one can see what, according to Leeds University a good essay should have.





A well thought out, critical, answer to the essay question

- an introduction which clearly introduces your essay to your reader

- reference to relevant parts of the course

- a coherent and logical argument

- a clear writing style

- close analytic engagement with texts and other materials

- a range of supporting evidence

- a conclusion which draws together the main points of the argument
« Last Edit: April 07, 2010, 07:43:56 AM by vienna »
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Re: essay question
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2010, 07:48:35 AM »
that's excellent. thanks a lot 8)

Glad to help Daryl. Anytime.  :)

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Re: essay question
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2010, 10:09:08 AM »
Daryl,

There are several types of essays. You have some great advice here.
A resource I've found helpful is The OWL at Purdue. I'd link the pages here,
but need permission and it hasn't come through yet  ;)

If you do a search for The OWL it will pop up quickly and once there type
in essays and it has a wonderful description of types and advice for writing each.

Hope you find it useful.

kk
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Re: essay question
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2010, 11:38:18 AM »
Essays are like a speech.

First you tell them what you are going to tell them.

Then you tell them.

Finally, you tell them what you told them.

Another way they are similar I heard from Fred Hayes, one of the astronauts on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission:

"There is no such thing as a short, bad, speech."
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Re: essay question
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2010, 05:42:12 AM »
Most of the writers especially students are struggling on the introductory part of their essay.
Always start your essay by describing what would be your topic or what your essay is all about. The introduction part should provide a hint for your readers to have an idea about the context of your essay.
You can start your essay by stating facts and information, question or a keynote quotation.
“I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up.”

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Re: essay question
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2010, 11:49:03 PM »
When I am writing an essay especially the introduction and conclusion, I always remember that the introduction should be designed to attract the reader's attention and give her an idea of the essay's focus. While the conclusion brings closure to the reader, summing up your points or providing a final perspective on your topic. These two parts will give the best impact to the readers so we must not set aside them.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2010, 12:46:45 AM by jessyto27 »

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Re: essay question
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2010, 12:20:42 AM »
how do you write a really good introduction and conclusion?
or more specifically, what do you include?

thanks, daryl

daryl:

Just jump right in the pool. Start writing and you may find your intro and conclusion buried in the pile. Sort 'em out and polish 'em up. Don't wait until you've got the perfect intro to start.

Kowboy

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Re: essay question
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2022, 01:14:55 AM »
cool

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Re: essay question
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2022, 04:12:09 PM »
An introduction is a good conclusion if they are practically interchangeable.

Like the following;

Chickens fly.
I told you chickens fly.

Men are from venus.
I told you women are from mars.

The west is in decline.
And that's why the west is in decline.

Song is like foreplay.
You won't get anywhere if you don't hear the music.

Life is hard.
It isn't easy but if I can do it, so can you.

It's easy to know when somebody is lying.
And that's what you do if you don't want to be victimized by a scoundrel.

Don't be naive.
Trust but verify.

Nothing is written in stone.
This is all just an opinion that is subject to be revised.