Writing a Strong Introduction and Conclusion Worksheet

Assignment Writing: Writing Process

Practice with this Introduction and Conclusion Worksheet to strengthen your assignment writing. Ten exercises have you examine example paragraphs, and write an introduction and conclusion of your own.

Writing a Strong Introduction and Conclusion

Instructions

For the first four exercises below, answer the questions about the sample introduction paragraph. For exercises 5-8, answer the questions about the sample conclusion paragraph. For exercises 8 and 9, follow the instructions given in each.

Sample introduction paragraph:

Suicide is something just about everyone has contemplated at one time or another, regardless of whether an individual is willing to admit it. While some people only contemplate it, the sad truth is that there are over 500,000 people that commit suicide every year. There are a number of factors that are in play to help make sense of this high suicide rate, including intervention methods that fail, psychological states of those who commit suicide and the sociological conditions under which people live.

  • Does the sample introduction paragraph provide the context for the entire essay? If yes, what is it about?

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  • Is the thesis statement clear, and what is the thesis statement?

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  • If the essay were to continue, is it clear what the structure and organization is for the body paragraphs? Why or why not?

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  • What method for starting the introduction is used, and on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the example introduction?

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    Sample conclusion paragraph:

    While it is clear these factors contribute significantly to the high suicide rate, there is hope for the future. Through building better intervention programs that adequately address the psychological needs of suicidal individuals and the sociological conditions that contribute to their suicidal state, communities can realize a lower suicide rate. Suicide is a social problem that transcends across all cultures, all age groups and all demographic groups. Only with the proper attention can this problem be resolved.

  • Does the conclusion revisit the thesis? If yes, what does this accomplish?

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  • How are the main points connected or synthesized?

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  • Does the conclusion explain the significance of the essay or main points? If yes, how? If no, how could this be improved?

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  • What approach for writing the conclusion is used, and on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the example conclusion?

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  • Choose one of the methods for starting an introduction, and write a 3-4 sentence introduction that meets the four criteria of an introduction. Choose any topic you like, but write a strong introduction.

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  • Choose one of the approaches for writing a conclusion, and write a 3-4 sentence conclusion that does the three things a conclusion should. Use the same topic for which you wrote an introduction in #9.

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