What does a conclusion paragraph do?• It finishes off the research and tells the reader what the writer has learned.• It restates the thesis and contains sprinkles of the introduction and body paragraphs without listing the points covered in the paper.• It creates an application of the ideas discussed and answers the questions: so what?
What does it do?Revisit the Thesis StatementThe conclusion begins witha restatement of the thesis, not a repetition,and gradually widens toward a final , broadstatement of implication.
What does it do?Sprinkle• Borrows from the body paragraphs, without being flatly repetitive or listing points already covered.• Makes an application
But how do I write it? Connect to introductionUse a meaningful quotation. (If you used ameaningful quotation in your introduction,refer back to this quote and tie it in withyour overall analysis.)
But how do I write it? Make an application• Give an especially compelling example• Recommend a course of action without being “preachy.”• Connect to the language and approach of the introduction.
Just don’t forget to…• Avoid first-person point of view, abstract/vague language, poor diction, and slang.• Avoid simply repeating the thesis and/or listing the main points.
Just don’t forget to…• Avoid any attempts at humor, cuteness, or sarcasm.• The conclusion need not be longer than four to six sentences, as with the introduction, but must be adequately developed.
Remember• Revisit the Thesis Statement• Sprinkle knowledge from your main points• Connect to introduction• Make an application