What does it mean to draw a conclusion?

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Writing A Conclusion

  • How to leave your reader with a sense that you really know what you’re talking about!

What does it mean to draw a conclusion?

  • The job of a conclusion is NOT to conclude, or “end” your essay. It is to “draw conclusions” based on the content of the essay.

A conclusion has contents (or innards), just like an introduction

    • Four parts of an effective conclusion:
    • REVIEW
    • EXTEND
    • ECHO-hook


  • Review your thesis by rewording your key point and the conclusions that have been drawn.
  • Highlight what you think is the most important, convincing evidence or point in your paper--what you want the reader to remember most.
  • If you are writing about literature, this is a good place to include the author and title.


  • Considering all of your evidence and examples, what common thread or theme do you notice about your evidence?
  • What is the greater significance of that common thread or theme?
  • What key conclusion or impression do you most want your reader to leave with?


  • How does this connection go beyond your topic and extend to the real world?
  • When writing about literature, consider discussing a connection to a universal theme--some larger truth about human experience which is revealed by the work.
  • In essence, what is the big picture you’re looking at as you write your paper?


  • This is the hook of the conclusion.
  • The compelling thought or question you leave your reader to ponder because the content of your essay drew them to think deeply!

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