Checking the Concluding or Transitioning Sentences
You can also review the last sentence or two of each paragraph to make sure that the paragraphs end the topic or transition into another topic effectively. Like the topic sentence, the concluding or transitioning sentence(s) of a paragraph should contain your own thoughts and words instead of citations so that the paper retains your personal style.
When using this tactic during global revising, you should ask yourself
- Does this concluding sentence summarize the main idea of this paragraph and link the paragraph to the thesis in some way?
- Does this paragraph end by segueing into another topic? If so, will this transition be clear and smooth for the reader?
Take a look at the following example, which contains the end of one paragraph and
the beginning of another:
.... Those in high-context cultures may value family honor and “face” above all else, whereas those in low-context cultures tend to value individualism.
The tendency of people from low-context cultures to cherish their individuality is yet another difference between low-context and high-context societies.
In the example above, the writer ends one paragraph in his or her own words, efficiently pivoting from one topic to another. Also, he or she begins the next paragraph with a relevant topic sentence that picks up precisely where the previous paragraph left off. In essence, the reader should be “eased out” of each paragraph and should not be left wondering what might be next.
Copyright 2006 by the Student Success Center and the University of Houston-Victoria.
Created 2006 by Kelli Trungale.
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