The conclusion is the last paragraph of an essay. Although often brief in comparison with the other paragraphs, the conclusion performs a number of very significant functions.
Whenwriting a conclusion for your essay, it's helpful to keep these basic considerations in mind:
• Your conclusion is the last paragraph that your reader will encounter.
• Your conclusion should remindyour reader about the most important aspects of your essay.
• In most essays, therefore, your conclusion should creatively restate the main idea of the essay.
• Your conclusion should also leaveyour reader even more interested in your topic and idea.
• For some essays, especially for persuasive or argumentative essays, it's particularly effective to end your conclusion by directlyaddressing your reader with a question or call for action.
Be sure to spend a good deal of time planning and writing your conclusion. A strong conclusion can resolve and fulfill your essay as a whole andmake a real impact on your reader.
The reader expects the conclusion to do some or all of the following
• stress the importance of the thesis statement,
• give the essay a sense of completeness, and• leave a final impression on the reader.
• summarize the main ideas
• give your opinion, if you haven't given it already
• look to the future (say what will happen if the situation continues orchanges)
The reader DOES NOT expect new information in the conclusion. Never add a new idea just because you have thought of it at the end!
You must do all of this in just three or foursentences!
Vocabulary is Important
The conclusion is very similar to the introduction. However, you should avoid repeating the same words. This is why a few minutes spent at the start of the exam writingdown synonyms (words with the same meaning) and related words is very helpful.
Strategies for Writing a Conclusion
Conclusions are often the most difficult part of an essay to write, and many...
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