Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

Sway

by Kat Spears

How to Write a Great Essay
Step 6: Wrap It Up.

Thesis Statements: Four Steps to a Great Essay

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Thesis Statements: Four Steps to a Great Essay.

At some point, hopefully sooner rather than later, you'll be approaching the conclusion of your essay. So let's say that you are ready to write your conclusion. What now?

Honestly, teachers differ on this one. A lot of them just want you to sum up what you've written in the paper—to remind them what you proved and how you proved it. They'll say "synthesize, don't just summarize." I'll leave that to them to explain.

I'm here to tell you how you can still spice things up a little in your conclusion. For instance, at the end of my essays I used to like to ask myself: Why does anyone care? Why was my paper meaningful? Usually, answering those questions brought the paper to a close, while still shedding some new light on my thesis statement.

Oh yeah, and it kept my teachers from falling asleep at the end of my papers—even if that's what I wanted to do.

Which brings me to Step Seven: Make it Sing!


How to Write an A+ Essay: Thesis StatementsClosing arguments. There's a reason courtroom dramas reach their climax at trial's end: Closing arguments represent that last chance to win a case

Sort of like the conclusion of  your essay. It's your last opportunity to sell your reader on your argument. Without a great conclusion, an A+ essay...isn't.

But great conclusions don't have to be hard to write. In How to Write an A+ Paper: A Step by Step Guide to Acing Your Next Assignment, you'll learn the dos and don'ts of wrapping up your essay. You'll watch me build the kind of conclusion that closes a strong essay.

Find out more at Amazon, or start by reading the introduction.


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DICTIONARY OF TERMS:

Allegory
Metaphor
Motifs
Protagonist
Satire
Symbols
Subtext
Themes

MAKE YOUR OWN RECAPS: 

Pick your topic
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Write your script
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What to do once you're done