Writing Conclusions

Writing Conclusions

The conclusion is the last part of a composition. The conclusion should leave readers feeling satisfied that the composition is complete. To achieve this sense of completion, a conclusion must reinforce the main idea while bringing the composition to a d4efinite close. 


 Here are six ways to write conclusions!!!

Ø  Restate the main idea: the most direct way to end your composition is to restate the thesis in different words. Try to find a newer, stronger wording. The following conclusion restates in different words the idea that professional photographers are always on the lookout for the perfect photograph.


The picture taken by the photographer in the middle of the road won first prize in a national photography contest. Was that opportunity worth stopping traffic for? Most professional photographers would answer yes. And most would agree that they would do just about anything for a perfect photo.

Ø  Summarize your major points: Emphasize the major points of your composition by summarizing them in the conclusion.  Use your topic sentences to help you do this.


The most important piece of advice to hikers, then, is to be prepared. Make sure you have warm clothing and enough food and water to last at least twenty-four hours should you get stranded. Travel with others, and always tell someone where you are headed and when you will return. These precautions can help ensure a safe and happy adventure.

Ø  Close with a final idea or example: you can reinforce, or pull together your main points by using a final example. Below, the writer of an essay about the time demands on families leaves readers with one last thought. (This is a. BEST BET!!!)


It is unlikely that American families will slow down. Finding the time to have even one meal together a week might seem impossible. But the Martinez family of Ash Creek has made the time. “Sunday evening, no matter what is going on, we eat together,” says Mr. Martinez. “We use that time to catch up on everything that is happening in our busy lives. It’s an important time for all of us-a small family reunion once a week.”

Ø  Make a final comment on the topic: Give a sense of completeness to your composition by ending with one final comment on your topic. You can provide a thoughtful observation, give a personal reaction, or project a vision of the future. In the following conclusion, the writer tells her thoughts on current immigration policies in the United States.


The United States, which once welcomed millions of immigrants with open arms, now has an immigration policy that excludes certain groups of people. There are many who believe that the United States should continue to extend an unlimited welcome to anyone yearning to be free.

Ø  Call on your readers to take action: If you are writing a persuasive essay, use your conclusion to urge readers to do something or to accept a belief. This approach, called the direct appeal, also works for other kinds of compositions, such as this one on athletics and competition.(This is a BEST BET!!!)


There will always be people who are ready to make an Olympic event out of tying one’s shoes. Indeed, it often seems that just about everything in our society is competition based. However, as we’ve seen, the essence of sport is not competition but cooperation. In business, our families, and especially in sports, it pays to remember that we humans are all on the same team.

Ø  Refer to your introduction: A writer may make a direct reference to something in the introduction. For example, the following conclusion refers to the introduction on page 28.


The variety and appeal of these egg dishes prove one thing for sure: Mexicans still value the humble egg.