2P 2014: Introductions and Conclusions

Introduction by Larah McElroy, via Flickr

This week, we have been working all of the components of a specific kind of opinion piece: a review.

Today, we will attempt to write a conclusion for a review. Like an intro, your conclusion don’t have to be very long (3-4 sentences), so you should be able to finish them today.

Let’s look at what is necessary for both of these paragraphs. Please note that there are some similarities between them (remember, too, that these ideas are in the order that they should appear in your paragraphs):

Introduction

Conclusion

(remember that you have already written one, so this should feel familiar)
  1. must mention the author’s name and the work’s title
  2. must summarize the basic story of the story (usually in a single sentence; this may feel a little like a definition)
  3. might summarize the key tools/strategies used by the creator (examples: style of art in a graphic novel, the quality of jokes in a comedy)
  4. must contain your overall opinion
  1. must mention the title of the work
  2. must remind the reader of your overall opinion
  3. should tell the reader if the work is worth reading/watching/playing (and buying)

Let’s look at an introduction to a review of a video game called League of Legends, written by Tyler Hicks (with a few small changes). Please explain to your teacher how this intro meets the expectations listed above

League of Legends by Riot Games is not just a game: it’s a cutthroat competitive digital sport where the winners roar in victory and the losers whimper in defeat. You don’t need to play on the same level as the pros to experience the thrills of these online battlegrounds, however. Blending elements of action role-playing, real-time strategy, and tower defense games into an engrossing mixture of awesome, League of Legends is a free-to-play game that ensures each play session yields a unique and explosive experience.

Next, let’s look at his conclusion.  Please explain to your teacher how this conclusion meets the expectations listed above:

League of Legends is a fantastic game with something for players of all skill ranges to enjoy. Although it’s better to play with friends, you are not left to your own devices if you tend to keep to yourself. The early hours can be frustrating as you learn the ropes, but once you are swept away by the ebb and flow, it’s difficult to resist the constant thrill of the game’s diverse battles. Once League of Legends has its hooks in you, don’t be shocked to find you’ve spent a few hundred hours seeking digital fame in one of video gaming’s finest battlegrounds.

Finally, please write a conclusion for a review of the same work (video game, novel, or film) that you wrote about yesterday. Your teacher will leave the expectations for a conclusion on the screen for you.

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