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Writing Conclusions

This outlines some strategies for writing an effective conclusion.

Heather Messick

on 18 October 2013

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Writing Conclusions
Your conclusion should do three things:
Show the importance of the thesis
Complete the essay
Leave a final impression with the reader
Things you should do
Answer the question "So what?"
Synthesize your argument
Show a connection to the real world
Strategies for writing
There are a few ways you could structure your conclusion:
Echo the introduction
Give the reader a challenge
Look to the future
Things to avoid
There are some things you don't want to do in your conclusion:
Begin with "in conclusion," "in summary," or "in closing"
Saving your thesis for the conclusion
Introducing a new idea
Making appeals that don't go with your paper
Using evidence that should be in the body of the paper
Ineffective conclusions
"That's my story, and I'm sticking to it."
The big reveal
"Oops, I forgot you may want to know this."
"Without you, the earth will die."
Info found at http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/conclude.html and http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/conclusions/
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