Overview: This activity has two main goals. The first is to situate conclusions as much more than afterthoughts in the writing process; it aims to cultivate rhetorical awareness of the moves that scholars tend to make, encouraging students to reflect on the capacities of a concluding space across the different modes and disciplines with which they are engaged. The second is to give students a chance to start drafting or outlining their own RBA or ODR conclusions, building in some class time to work collaboratively and treat the space seriously as a writer and reader.
Activity Title: Conclusions Workshop or Effective Conclusions: The White Whale!
Author(s): Valerie Kinsey and Tesla Schaeffer
Courses: PWR 1 & PWR 2
Activity length and schedule: This activity takes a full class period, and works best in weeks 7-10 of the quarter when students are drafting and revising their RBAs and/or ODRs
To position conclusion writing as an important moment in the composition and research processes, rather than as an “afterthought”
To cultivate rhetorical awareness so that students engage with the genre conventions of conclusion writing in the scholarship they are reading
To encourage students to reflect on the effects of different choices in conclusion composition across modes and disciplines
To give students a chance to start drafting or outlining their RBA and ODR conclusions
Report your findings. What do readings in your particular field/ area seem to expect in a conclusion (based on general rules and your findings)? What approaches engaged you most as a reader? What strategies would work for your paper?
Examine your draft conclusion and revise
Swap and read a partner’s conclusion out loud