Date of publication: 2017-07-08 19:03
A conclusion recaps an essay's main points. The conclusion should not repeat the ideas of the essay word-for-word it should leave the reader with a parting word or something to think about or consider. The conclusion should be the last paragraph of an essay and should primarily drive the main points home.
Many who are new to writing essays think that a conclusion is similar to the ending of a story, which could possibly have a twist or introduce a long-lost character, for example, but this is not the case. An essay's conclusion must be focused, decisive and not make excuses or apologies for the ideas presented in the essay. The conclusion is essentially the end of the essay, so it should not raise new ideas that have not been discussed previously in the essay. It should also not contradict or change the tone of the way in which ideas were presented in the essay.
I thought I would spend a few hours at Disneyland, but here I was at 6:55 ., closing time, leaving the front gates with the now dark towers of the Magic Kingdom behind me. I could see tired children, toddling along and struggling to keep their eyes open as best they could. Others slept in their parents' arms as we waited for the parking lot tram that would take us to our cars. My forty-year-old feet ached, and I felt a bit sad to think that in a couple of days I would be leaving California, my vacation over, to go back to my desk. But then I smiled to think that for at least a day I felt ten years old again.
This handout will explain the functions of conclusions, offer strategies for writing effective ones, help you evaluate conclusions you 8767 ve drafted, and suggest approaches to avoid.
Though serving on a jury is not only a civic responsibility but also an interesting experience, many people still view jury duty as a chore that interrupts their jobs and the routine of their daily lives. However, juries are part of America's attempt to be a free and just society. Thus, jury duty challenges us to be interested and responsible citizens.
Campaign advertisements should help us understand the candidate's qualifications and positions on the issues. Instead, most tell us what a boob or knave the opposing candidate is, or they present general images of the candidate as a family person or God-fearing American. Do such advertisements contribute to creating an informed electorate or a people who choose political leaders the same way they choose soft drinks and soap?
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Your conclusion should make your readers glad they read your paper. Your conclusion gives your reader something to take away that will help them see things differently or appreciate your topic in personally relevant ways. It can suggest broader implications that will not only interest your reader, but also enrich your reader 8767 s life in some way. It is your gift to the reader.
Allow the angle to dictate opening and closing remarks, use them both together. Begin with an anecdotal story that illustrates the position presented in the essay. Save the ending as a punchline to end the composition. Open with a question, finish up the conclusion with an answer that punctuates the main idea. Demonstrate the benefit of the ideas presented. Conclude with a shocking, surprising or humorous statement. Use a quote that emphasizes or illustrates the thesis. Ask a question that challenges the reader to take action or reconsider their own view.
The end of an essay should therefore convey a sense of completeness and closure as well as a sense of the lingering possibilities of the topic, its larger meaning, its implications: the final paragraph should close the discussion without closing it off.
Your conclusion can go beyond the confines of the assignment. The conclusion pushes beyond the boundaries of the prompt and allows you to consider broader issues, make new connections, and elaborate on the significance of your findings.
So much is at stake in writing a conclusion. This is, after all, your last chance to persuade your readers to your point of view, to impress yourself upon them as a writer and thinker. And the impression you create in your conclusion will shape the impression that stays with your readers after they've finished the essay.
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Introductions and conclusions can be difficult to write, but they 8767 re worth investing time in. They can have a significant influence on a reader 8767 s experience of your paper.