Writers have just taken the reader through a organized and convincing essay. Now readers seek satisfaction by reading a conclusion statement that wraps up all the main points nicely. Frequently, the ideas in the body of an essay lead to some significant conclusion that can be stated and explained in this final paragraph.
Writers should also provide the reader with a fresh new outlook on the subject, leaving them thinking about the issue. In other words, the conclusion can go beyond the requirements of the assignment as it allows writers to consider broader issues, make fresh connections, and elaborate on the significance of the findings.
Good conclusions can even have a striking ending. It should evoke supportive emotions in the reader, reflecting the same emotions the reader felt throughout the essay. Nothing is more disappointing to a reader than reaching a flat and boring ending. Concluding statements which refer back to the introductory paragraph (i.e. the attention-getter) are appropriate here; it offers a nice stylistic touch which brings the essay full circle.
The conclusion paragraphs typically:
Revisits the Value of the Essay
Restates the Thesis
Considers unexplored areas
Leaves the reader thinking
Major points are the building blocks of your paper. Major points build on each other, moving the paper forward and toward its conclusion. Each major point should be a clear claim that relates to the central argument of your paper.
Sample Major Point: Employment and physical health may be a good first major point for this sample paper. Here, a student might discuss how dropping out of high school often leads to fewer employment opportunities, and those employment opportunities that are available tend to be correlated with poor work environments and low pay.
Minor points are subtopics within your major points. Minor points develop the nuances of your major points but may not be significant enough to warrant extended attention on their own. These may come in the form of statistics, examples from your sources, or supporting ideas.
Sample Minor Point: A sample minor point of the previous major point (employment and physical health) might address worker injury or the frequent lack of health insurance benefits offered by low-paying employers.
The rest of the body of your paper will be made up of more major and minor points. Each major point should advance the paper's central argument, often building on the previous points, until you have provided enough evidence and analysis to justify your paper's conclusion.
More Major and Minor Points: In this paper, more major points might include mental health of high school dropouts, healthcare access for dropouts, and correlation between mental and physical health. Minor topics could include specific work environments, job satisfaction in various fields, and correlation between depression and chronic illness.