Introduce different styles of conclusions and what writers accomplish in them (e.g. answering research questions, explaining the significance of findings, offering a fresh insight, making recommendations for future research, considering how topic applies to other questions, etc.)
Explain strategies for writing effective conclusions.
This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to organize a paper and who is confused about how to develop a conclusion. It will explain what writers accomplish in conclusions and strategies for writing effective conclusions.
The following video examines both the standard format for conclusions-restate the essay's thesis and summarize the key points-and other formats that can more effectively satisfy the needs of critical readers. The video not only explains each conclusion style but also provides examples to more thoroughly illustrate the different styles presented.
The conclusion is the final part of an essay and as such one of the most important: after all, it is the last thing the audience will read so wil play a significant part in their overall perception of the work as a whole.
The exact role of a conclusion will depend heavily on the type of paper being written. The conclusion of a narrative essay, for example, will be much different from that of a paper in the social sciences or the physical sciences. That said, some of the following styles or techniques of conclusion can be used in a variety of instances. The various techniques can even be combined to achieve various effects.
These are just a few of the potential techniques or styles that can be used in conclusions. It can be useful to ask an instructor for advice on a particular assignment. In general, though, one of these styles can be used for just about any essay.
Source: Dan Reade
The PDF below provides several strategies for how to write an effective conclusion, or how to avoid writing an ineffective one.
Source: The Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill