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Concluding paragraphs. Wrap up your essay in a tidy package and bring it home for your reader Re-state your thesis statement IN DIFFERENT WORDS!

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Concluding paragraphs
Concluding paragraphs

  • Wrap up your essay in a tidy package and bring it home for your reader

  • Re-state your thesis statement


  • Having read your essay, we should understand this main thought with fresh and deeper understanding, and your conclusion wants to reflect what we have learned.

Caveats it means warning or caution
Caveats (it means warning or caution)

  • Do not

    • Introduce new ideas in the final paragraph

    • Start off with phrases like “To summarize” or “In conclusion”

    • Belittle your own opinion

Caveats it means warning or caution1
Caveats (it means warning or caution)

  • Do

    • include a brief summary of the paper's main points

    • ask a provocative question

    • use a quotation

    • evoke a vivid image

    • call for some sort of action

    • end with a warning

    • universalize (compare to other situations)

    • suggest results or consequences

Conclusion example 1
Conclusion Example #1

The prevailing ignorance of basic auto mechanics on America's part is indeed appalling. However, in spite of the current situation, there is hope on the horizon. The number of people showing interest in car maintenance has been increasing at a steady rate over the past few years. Having grown tired and frustrated by the excessive amount of money they have had to spend on shops and auto mechanics, they have come to realize that car maintenance is much more essential than they had thought. If this trend continues in America, we can hopefully predict the coming of an age where dependence upon others for "car smarts" will finally become obsolete.

Conclusion example 2
Conclusion Example #2

Americans have much more to learn about their automobiles than they think. It takes a good deal of research and advice from other people in order to get acquainted with the basics of a car. It also requires the car owner to confront his or her fears about fixing his vehicle and to take a risk in doing so. Finally, the car owner must be wise in choosing the right type of mechanic to work on his car when the problems become too large for the owner to handle. All of these steps are absolutely essential to follow if Americans ever want to get beyond their normal naivete about automobiles.