7: Write the Conclusion
Step 7: Write the Conclusion
Just as every essay has a clear beginning, it should have a clear ending. The last paragraph, also know as the conclusion, should make your essay sound finished.
The concluding paragraph typically has two parts:
1. The summary
statement is one or two sentences which restate the
thesis in a fresh way to reinforce the essay's main
THE SUMMARY STATEMENT
The summary statement is an effective way to start your concluding paragraph because it helps to drive home the ideas you've expressed in your essay.
Look at your thesis statement again and rework it in a new way. Avoid repeating key words and phrases from the thesis statement because you don't want the summary statement to sound boring or repetitive. Using a thesaurus is a good way to find new, interesting words.
Here are some examples of thesis statements and summary statements:
Many Americans are buying the Toyota Corolla because of its
competitive price, fuel economy, and high resale value.
Francisco is a stimulating place to visit because of its
magnificent location, its theaters and art galleries, and
its many fine restaurants.
The clincher, also referred to as the closer, is your last opportunity to connect with the reader. One way to make the most of this moment is to return to the technique you used for your grabber. Click on each type to read examples.
Here's an example of a concluding paragraph for the "favorite pet" essay that uses a quotation as the clincher:
As you write your conclusion, try to avoid the "so-as-you-can-see" ending and the "in conclusion my thesis statement proves that" or "states that" ending. All of these are overused and worn out. You've already made your thesis and reasoning clear. You don't need to tell us that you've just told us something.