How to Word a Conclusion Statement

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Conclusions may be the most difficult, yet important, part of an essay. A concluding paragraph is your last best chance to influence your reader's opinion, and therefore should be the most well-written. It is what the reader will remember most. A strong concluding paragraph should synthesize your thesis statement and provide a call to action to the reader, giving the essay a sense of completeness.

  • Restate your thesis statement. It is vital to stress the importance of your thesis statement in the opening sentence of your concluding paragraph. Do not simply restate word for word your thesis statement, instead offer a new way to make your point. For example, in your opening thesis statement you may say, "Bozeman, Montana is a vacation destination thanks to its many outdoor activities, world-class museums and local art galleries." In your conclusion you may choose to reword it as, "If you're looking for a vacation destination that combines world-class museums and endless outdoor activities, Bozeman is at the top of the list."

  • Synthesize your supporting arguments for your thesis statement. Much like your thesis statement, instead of copying word for word the text from your essay, offer a new approach to arguing for your thesis to avoid sounding repetitive and boring. Remember, this is your last chance to influence your reader's opinion.

  • Pose questions for your readers to consider. Although you may have clearly synthesized your argument, your audience may need to think about the information in a different way. Ask questions that stimulate your readers' thinking and allow them to see the connection between the points you are trying to make in your arguments.

  • Provide a call to action. Challenge your readers to use the information from your essay and apply it to their own lives.

  • Offer a clinching statement that effectively summarizes your feelings and ends the essay. Connect your clinching statement back to your original thesis, but avoid using words such as, "so as you can see," or "as I stated before."

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