Associate Professor of Pan African Studies
For the second draft the students edited for style and personality. We discussed ways of creating interesting introductory and closing paragraphs. I gave examples of boring introductions, such as "In this essay I will tell you about a person I admire. My mother is kind, helpful, and a hard worker." As a class we worked with ways to make the introduction more interesting by using a catchy statement or a question, and then did the same thing with the closing paragraph. The trick with the closing paragraph is to repeat the main points of the essay but to make it snazzy and not so rote. The students read their opening and closing paragraphs to a partner and discussed ways of using more original language.
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Many writers like to end their essays with a final emphatic statement. This strong closing statement will cause your readers to continue thinking about the implications of your essay; it will make your conclusion, and thus your essay, more memorable. Another powerful technique is to challenge your readers to make a change in either their thoughts or their actions. Challenging your readers to see the subject through new eyes is a powerful way to ease yourself and your readers out of the essay.
When closing your essay, do not expressly state that you are drawing to a close. Relying on statements such as , , , or is unnecessary and can be considered trite.