Author:
Tracy Rains
Subject:
Elementary Education, Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
4, 5
Tags:
  • Conclusions
  • English Language Arts
  • Inforative Writing
  • Main Idea
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Graphics/Photos, Interactive, Text/HTML

    Building a Conclusion

    Building a Conclusion

    Overview

    In this seminar you learn how to communicate an effective conclusion for an informational form of writing with clarity and precision.  You will learn the three key points that must be in your writing in order to effectively conclude your thoughts and ideas.  You will make a comic book, read informational pieces that are also learning activities to enhance your social studies and science curriculum.

    Standards

    C.C.1.4.4D Group related information in paragraphs and sections, linking ideas within categories of information using words and phrases; provide a concluding statement or section.

    Engage

    Introductory warm-up activity.

    Think about this conclusion, for the question “Who are the better parents – men or women?”

    “I think this is not an either/or question. Both men and women have strengths and skills that are important for children’s psychological growth. We need to ensure that both parents play an important role in the family in order to give children a good start in life.”

    What makes a good conclusion? Learning how to write a good conclusion doesn’t have to be boring. A few simple guiding points for writing a conclusion are:

    • rephrase the question

    • summarize the main ideas

    • give your opinion, if you haven’t given it already

    • look to the future (say what will happen if the situation continues or changes)

    ...but will NEVER add new information.

    EXPLORE

    Read or watch the resources to learn about this concept, then do the practice activity.

    Read

    Watch

    Do

    Read the following article about writing a good conclusion to an informative piece of writing. As you read, take notes of the important information using this attached graphic organizer.

    Please watch the following video on writing great conclusions.  You will use this to complete the activity in the next section.

    First, practice these ideas about conclusions

    Next, please complete the conclusion card activity to help you remember how to make a great conclusion.

     

    EXPLAIN

    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.

    Directions:

    Think of a book you have read recently.  Did the writer create a good conclusion? With a partner or your Facilitator, explain these three things, from that book, that you learned about writing a conclusion to determine if it was well written.

    • Restate the main idea of the book

    • Summarize three subpoints of the book

    • Leave the your partner with an interesting final impression

    EVALUATE

    Now it is time to self-check how much you have learned about the this topic.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.

    Click here to take the quiz online. You do not have to log into the quiz site in order to take this quiz. If a window pops up asking you to sign up for the quiz site, just close the sign-up window and start your quiz.

    Elaborate

    This is a task or project where you can show what you know.

    Directions:

    In this assignment you will write two conclusions, one for a fiction story and one for a nonfiction article. Either with a partner or on your own, practice writing a concluding paragraph for an informational writing on this story about panda bears.  

    • First, read this article about a giant panda.  Write your concluding paragraph on a google doc and share it with your facilitator.  

    • Next, read a story about the U.S. Census and this one about the Tower of London. Choose one of these stories to write your concluding paragraph on a google doc and share it with your facilitator.  

    As you work with on this assignment, please use the attached rubric to make sure that you have all areas completed.

    Express

    Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning. 

    Do you feel you have more tools in your writer’s toolbox to write a conclusion for an informational piece of writing?  Explain your response.