Writing Your Position Paper's Conclusion
- Grades: 6–8, 9–12
- Unit Plan:
Students discuss the features of a well-written conclusion to an effective position paper.
- Write a conclusion to their position papers by restating the thesis, summarizing the main points, and ending with a strong statement
- Copies of the Model Position Paper Draft, one per student
- Optional: Computer and projector
- Optional: Writing the Conclusion of a Position Paper Presentation
Set Up and Prepare
- Optional: Connect the projector to the computer and load the Writing the Conclusion of a Position Paper Presentation prior to class.
Step 1: Teach students the components of an effective position paper body. (Optional: Begin the Writing the Conclusion of a Position Paper Presentation.) A Position Paper Conclusion should:
- Restate your thesis.
- Sum up the main points made in the body of your essay.
- End with a strong statement.
Step 2: Instruct students to take out the model position paper. Read the concluding paragraph aloud. Have students assess whether or not the model conclusion contains all of the required components.
Step 3: Have students write the conclusions for their position papers. Be sure that students refer to their class notes as they write.
Supporting All Learners
As students are working on their conclusions, you may need to place your struggling students and ELLs in a small group and use the model to review the key features of a concluding paragraph.
Have students work in partnerships in order to assess each other's conclusions.
Have students read their entire first draft to a friend or family member.
Have students review their entire first drafts and add any necessary details.
Review student conclusions and determine whether or not they have restated their theses and summed up the main points made. Use the Position Paper Rubric as a guide.