What is a conclusion?
The conclusion paragraph is the last chance you have to make an impression on your readers. The goal of your conclusion isn’t to introduce any new ideas, but to sum up everything you’ve written.
Goals of a Conclusion:
Goal #1: Emphasizing the purpose and importance of your essay– what did you write this? What do you want your readers to think/say/do as a result of reading your essay?
Goal #2: Explaining the significance or consequences of your essay– why does this matter?
Goal #3: Indicating the wider applications– what does this mean for our society? What does it mean for our future?
Structure of a Conclusion:
- Restate the thesis statement without using the same words you used in your introduction paragraph (1-2 sentences)
- Summarize the importance of each body paragraph without using the same words (3-5 sentences)
- Discuss the significance of the essay (2-4 sentences):
- Why does this topic matter?
- Why the essay was important?
- Final Words (1-3 sentences):
- What are the wider applications? What does this mean for our society? What does this mean for our future?
- What was the purpose of this essay? What do you want your audience to do or think as a result of reading it?