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The Conclusion Paragraph

Problem #1 – students treat this
paragraph as the least important in
the essay. IN REALITY this can be
more important than your
introduction. WHY? It’s the last
statement(s) the reader will
remember.
ERGO, if you leave them with
nothing, that’s what the reader will
take away.
Therefore, use this last paragraph as
if it’s your last chance to make a
statement in front of anyone who
can make a difference in your life.
CAN DO/SHOULD CANNOT/SHOUL
DO D NOT
RESTATE YOUR REPEAT YOUR
THESIS THESIS
Remind the reader (Remember, you
how you have already stated it
proven your claim. as you were
Job accomplished! attempting or
had not
attempted to
prove it…)
Use new phrases Don’t repeat the
and word choice same words
(diction). throughout the
Synonyms are essay, just to
your friend. repeat again in
the conclusion
Talk about Montag Do not
in a sort of past concentrate on
tense way about summary or
his speculation.
transformation. Don’t create an
epilogue.
Why/how Ray Don’t repeat
Bradbury yourself.
established/accom
plished this DO NOT BRING
change in F451. – IN NEW
and/or – discuss EVIDENCE OR
the change in a RESTATE FACTS
“big or life FROM THE TEXT.
meaning” way that
relates to people DO NOT QUOTE
in general. You are (don’t be too
trying to move specific)- no
away from the new evidence is
novel. (I allowed.
recommend 2
sentences – 1 for TALK too much
Bradbury and 1 to in
connect to the GENERALITIES.
world/people
outside of the
novel).
MAKE YOUR BIG This is where
POINT. most students
stop or have
Make a big already
statement that stopped.
takes your thesis
and relates to the It’s usually
world at large – a missing from
takeaway lesson – the “less-than”
the moral, or the conclusions.
life-lesson for the
reader. May or may
not be totally
INDEPENDENT OF
BRADBURY.
The big idea = It’s always
your thesis + your missing from
message to the the essay of
reader about life. someone who
(at end of the has no idea
paper). what a
conclusion is
for.
PET PEEVE: Don’t write at the start
“In conclusion…”
EVERYBODY KNOWS IT’S
THE CONCLUSION.
IT’S THE FLIPPIN’ LAST
PARAGRAPH. DUH.
CAPTAIN OBVIOUS.
aaaGH.
HOW LAME.