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Expos AN INTRODUCTIONS and CONCLUSIONS Overview Introductions and conclusions tend to arise fairly late in the composing process, after a good deal of exploratory writing has already occurred. In other words, it’s after you’ve figured out which idea is the most significant one to focus on that you’re in a position to draft an introduction to your thoughts; and, it’s after you’ve seen where your thoughts lead that you’re in a position to write a conclusion that does more than say, “I have proven what I set out to prove.” Some writers find it helpful to write their intro and conclusion paragraph after they have already completed a first draft. At the same time, many of us need the running start that an intro paragraph offers in order to know where our ideas are headed. Here’s one strategy: write a few sentences that can serve as a place holder for your intro paragraph (include your working thesis). After finishing your draft (including the conclusion paragraph), go back and finalize your intro paragraph. Ask yourself, What does my reader need to know to be able to understand my essay?
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