Writing a Conclusion to your Essay PPT

Writing a Conclusion to your Essay PPT
Writing a Conclusion to your Essay PPT
Writing a Conclusion to your Essay PPT
Writing a Conclusion to your Essay PPT
Writing a Conclusion to your Essay PPT
Writing a Conclusion to your Essay PPT
Writing a Conclusion to your Essay PPT
Writing a Conclusion to your Essay PPT
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Your conclusion is your opportunity to wrap up your essay in a tidy package and bring it home for your reader.
Recapitulate what you said in your Thesis Statement

Do not, in any case, simply restate your thesis statement in your final paragraph, as that would be redundant.

The conclusion should contain a definite, positive statement or call to action, but that statement needs to be based on what you have provided in the essay.

The conclusion is no place to bring up new ideas.

Here is a brief list of things that you might accomplish in your concluding paragraph

Include a brief summary of the paper's main points if the essay is long enough (10 pages).
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.

Make a plea for a change.
Draw the necessary conclusions from what has been said.
Summarize the major points of the essay.

Make a plea for change.

A conclusion may make a plea for a change of attitude or for specific action. The following paragraph does both:

The parents, the schools, and the government must make a combined effort to educate young people about the dangers of drug abuse. Moreover, the whole society must change its attitude concerning such over-the-counter preparations as sleeping pills, diet pills, and tranquilizers. The careless use of these drugs creates an atmosphere that invites the use of illegal narcotics. When we realize our full responsibility in dealing with this problem, drug addiction may begin to disappear as a national menace.


Draw the necessary conclusions from what has been said.

Based on the facts given in the essay, you may use the concluding paragraph to form judgments about the topic. For example:

Thus it can be seen that the strong warnings about drug abuse heard on radio and television and seen in newspapers and magazines are not an exaggeration. The evidence is overwhelming, and only one overriding conclusion can be drawn: drugs are deadly, and experimenting with them can lead people and, in fact, our entire society to the point of extinction.

Summarize the major points of the essay.

In an argumentative or persuasive essay, a restatement of the major points--using new words--will help the reader to remember what he has read. A summary is usually most effective in a long essay; it would seem repetitious at the end of a short one. For example:


Narcotics, then, can affect the user in a variety of ways, most of which are frightening and dangerous. When someone tries an illicit drug, he may experience immediate effects such as severe hallucinations, serious mental changes, and a loss of appetite. Taken over a long period of time, drugs may cause hepatitis, a complete mental breakdown--or even death from an overdose. If people can be made to truly understand these effects, the seductive appeal of drugs will disappear, and thousands of useful lives will be saved from the terrifying results of narcotics addiction.

An effective conclusion often refers back to an image or anecdote that was used in the introduction, a method which helps to unify the whole essay.

Your concluding paragraph should give your readers a sense of closure or completion.
The End!

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