April 15, 2017
By Sarah Sumnicht

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Informational Writing: Conclusions

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Students will be able to write a conclusion for informational text.

(2 minutes)
  • Review the definition of an Informational text(an informational text gives facts about a nonfiction topic).
  • Tell students: Today we are going to learn how to write a conclusion for an informational text. The ConclusionIs the ending paragraph or section.
(13 minutes)
  • Explain the importance of a strong conclusion (i.e. a conclusion is your last chance to catch your reader's attention.)
  • Read an informational text aloud, like VolcanoesBy Seymour Simon.
  • Ask students to share what they noticed about the conclusion. Record student observations on chart paper.
  • Provide additional characteristics of a conclusion and add them to the chart paper (i.e. a conclusion should be ‘punchy,’ a strong conclusion will remind your readers what they’ve learned, it should make the reader think more about the topic).
  • Explain that when writing a conclusion, a writer should ask themselves, "What do I want readers to remember?"
  • Discuss common mistakes, like concluding text in a dull or boring way (i.e “that’s all i have to say….”; “this essay was about…”; “.....is good.”)
(10 minutes)
  • Display the Writing Conclusions for Informational Texts worksheet using a projector.
  • Review the steps for writing a conclusion and keep them posted.
  • Read the text aloud. Then, model each step and write a conclusion for the text (i.e. underline the hook in the introduction, highlight key words or phrases in the body).
(15 minutes)
  • Keep the steps for writing a conclusion posted as a reference and pass out the Conclusion Cards as a tool for students.
  • Give students a few minutes to cut and glue their cards.
  • Pass out the Conclusion practise worksheet. Instruct students to read the text and follow the steps to write a conclusion.
  • Circulate as students work and offer support as needed.
  • When students are finished writing, give students a few minutes to share their conclusion with a partner. Then invite a few students to share their conclusions with the class.


  • Review the process of writing introductions for informational texts (see resources).
  • Provide students additional pre-written texts to write conclusions for.


  • Have students write their own informational essay with a conclusion.
(5 minutes)
  • Read or verbally give students an example of an introduction to an informational text. Ask students to identify the hook.
  • Read a short informational text aloud (without a conclusion) and have students generate ideas to create a conclusion for the text. Write the student-generated conclusion on chart paper.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask and discuss: What are some characteristics of a good conclusion?
  • Remind your students that a good conclusion is supported by the rest of the report — the introduction and body have to be well organized and strong, too.

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