An End And Another Beginning And….
Last Lecture in the GAMSWEN series | Mark Ingham | 28.03.2012 | 09.30 – 10.30 |
David Fussey Lecture Theatre
Lyrics to The End by the Doors (1967)
This is the end
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again
Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need…of some…stranger’s hand
In a…desperate land
Lost in a Roman…wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah
Writing an Introduction and Conclusion
The introduction and the conclusion will give the reader a point of entry to and a point of exit from your writing.
Conclusion: The conclusion brings closure to the reader, summing up your points or providing a final perspective on your topic(s). All the conclusion needs are some strong paragraphs, which do not need to follow any set formula. Simply review the main points (being careful not to restate them exactly) or briefly describe your feelings about the topic. Even an anecdote can end your article in a useful way.
Introduction: The introduction should be designed to attract the reader’s attention and give them an idea of the article’s focus.
Begin with an attention grabber – The attention grabber you use is up to you, but here are some ideas: Startling information – This information must be true and verifiable, and it doesn’t need to be totally new to your readers. It could simply be a pertinent fact that explicitly illustrates the point you wish to make. If you use a piece of startling information, follow it with a sentence or two of elaboration.
Anecdote – An anecdote is a story that illustrates a point. Be sure your anecdote is short, to the point, and relevant to your topic. This can be a very effective opener for your article, but use it carefully. Dialogue – An appropriate dialogue does not have to identify the speakers, but the reader must understand the point you are trying to convey. Use only two or three exchanges between speakers to make your point. Follow dialogue with a sentence or two of elaboration.
Summary Information – A few sentences explaining your topic in general terms can lead the reader gently to your articles. Each sentence should become gradually more specific. If the attention grabber was only a sentence or two, add one or two more sentences that will lead the reader from your opening to your thesis statement.
Mark Ingham | January 2012