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Title: Introduction and Conclusion on Listening to Music in School



Goal: This week, students will continue their study of the expository essay by writing an introduction and conclusion to their thesis paper on listening to music in school.

There are five purposes in writing an introduction according to Purdue’s Online Writing Library. A good introduction should:



  • Introduce your topic

  • Create interest

  • Provide necessary background information

  • Identify your main idea

  • Preview the rest of your essay

It should also provide a “hook,” or be so interesting that the reader stops playing video games to read the rest of the essay.

Likewise, a conclusion has three purposes:



Good introductions and conclusions are vital to writing successful essays, and students will practice that skill in this week’s assignment.

Description: Students will write an introduction and conclusion to their thesis paper that exactly follows the required format.

Example:

Here is an introductory paragraph:


Everyone likes music. It certainly seems at first that allowing students to listen to music in school may be beneficial. After all, music is the salt of life. It makes every other activity more enjoyable. Furthermore, some research has shown there are benefits to listening to music in the classroom. For example, there is the famous “Mozart effect,” which claims that students who listen to Mozart while studying do better on tests. However, the overall body of research on this topic is muddled, and cannot be said to recommend whether or not music is helpful or distracting in the classroom. Therefore, students should not be allowed to listen to music in the classroom.
Here is a sample conclusion:
Students should not be allowed to listen to music in the classroom. Given the conflicted research on the subject, and the fact that researchers found that different people respond differently to music, the inclusion of music in the classroom is not beneficial, and may actually impede the learning of some students. Because it is the job of a school to make it easier for students to learn, not harder, music should not be allowed in the classroom. The rush to declare music an aid to learning also raises disturbing questions about the educational establishment in America. Are the standards by teachers in evaluating research too low? Why do so many believe that music in the classroom is beneficial based on so little evidence? These questions would be the fruitful source of further study.

In-class, read the following

This week, you will continue your study of the expository essay as a form. An expository essay is a form where you take a position and explain it to your reader. The position you take is called a “thesis.” The particular form of expository writing you are learning is called a thesis paper.

This week, you will complete your essay on listening to music in school by writing and introduction and conclusion.

There are five purposes in writing an introduction according to Purdue’s Online Writing Library. A good introduction should:



  • Introduce your topic

  • Create interest

  • Provide necessary background information

  • Identify your main idea

  • Preview the rest of your essay

It should also provide a “hook,” or be so interesting that the reader stops playing video games to read the rest of the essay.

Please read aloud the sample introduction included in this assignment.

[Students read aloud. Teacher then asks them how the writer tried to accomplish all five purposes of an introduction.]

Likewise, a conclusion has three purposes:



  • Restate the main idea of your essay, or your thesis statement

  • Summarize the essay

  • Leave the reader with an interesting final impression

Good introductions and conclusions are vital to writing successful essays, and students will practice that skill in this week’s assignment.

Now, please read aloud the sample conclusion.

[Students read aloud. Teacher then asks them how the writer tried to accomplish all three purposes of a conclusion.]

Lastly, an introduction to a thesis paper ALWAYS ends with the thesis, and the conclusion ALWAYS begins with the thesis.

Take ten minutes and write a rough draft of your introduction.

[Students work while teacher moves around the room to monitor.]

Now, share your introduction with a peer, and see if it meets the five purposes of an introduction. If not, why not, and how can it be fixed? Then, reverse the roles and do the same for the other student.

[Students work for five minutes.]

You will now have ten minutes to write a rough draft of your conclusion.

[Students work while teacher moves around the room to monitor.]

Now, share your conclusion with a peer, and see if it meets the three purposes of a conclusion. If not, why not, and how can it be fixed? Then, reverse the roles and do the same for the other student.

[Students work for five minutes.]

Your final draft is due Wednesday at 7:45 AM. Tomorrow, do your usual peer reviewer/read aloud work.

Have a nice day!



Writer Self-Evaluation Checklists

To make your writing the best it can possibly be, you must complete the following checklists after writing your rough draft, but before giving your work to a peer reader and writing your final draft.

THESE CHECKLISTS ARE PASS/FAIL. ONE MISSING ELEMENT WILL RESULT IN A ZERO.

Format Checklist


  • Double-spaced

  • In 12-point, Times New Roman font

  • I restated my thesis at the end of the introduction and beginning of my conclusion

My Proofreading

  • There are no spelling errors.

  • I used capital letters at the beginning of sentences, for proper nouns, for names, cities, countries

  • I used end punctuation.

  • I checked tenses, and do not use future and past tense in the same sentence.

My introduction:

  • Introduced my topic

  • Created interest in the reader

  • Provided necessary background information

  • Identified my main idea

  • Previewed the rest of my essay

My conclusion:

  • Restated the main idea of the essay

  • Summarized the essay

  • Left the reader with an interesting final impression

My Signature: ____________________________________________________________

Peer Listener and Reader Evaluation Checklist

After revising your own work with the above checklist, you will print out a copy and read it to a peer. Your peer will then evaluate your work with the following checklist.



  • There are no spelling errors

  • The writer uses capital letters at the beginning of sentences, for proper nouns, for names, cities, countries

  • All punctuation is used correctly

  • I checked tenses so that the writer does not use future and past tense in the same sentence

The introduction:

  • Introduced the topic

  • Created interest in the reader

  • Provided necessary background information

  • Identified the main idea

  • Previewed the rest of the essay

Conclusion:

  • Restated the main idea of the essay

  • Summarized the essay

  • Left the reader with an interesting final impression

Peer Reader Signature: ______________________________________________________

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