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Draft Your Conclusion

Make a Statement about your Thesis

Another strategy to try is to make a statement about your thesis. While this strategy also includes some summary of the paper, you take that summary another step by making a statement about that summary. To put it another way, in this strategy you will most likely include a reaffirmation of your thesis, but, in addition to that, you will make some kind of evaluative comment about your thesis.

Let’s look at an example.

Vacation starvation is affecting a large percentage of American workers. Pushed by the modern-day stressors of completing 12 hours of work in an 8-hour paid day and shuffling various home responsibilities, all while carting the little Johnnies and Peggy Sues to gymnastics practice, music lessons, and soccer games, the typical American worker allows little time for uninterrupted rest and relaxation. The one-day per month vacation day is often booked with family responsibilities instead of the leisure and rejuvenation that a 10 day or more family vacation would provide. Instead of being refreshed and renewed for yet another week of 40 hour doldrums, most Americans can barely drag themselves out of bed by the Monday 6 A.M. wake up call. The alarm clock is ringing loud and clear, but no one is paying attention. Today, most Americans are saving their relaxation time for retirement--and then finding out it is too late in their lives to be of much use.

In the sample conclusion above, the topic of the paper is vacation starvation. This conclusion sums up the key points presented in the paper but takes it one step further by providing some evaluation of the thesis. The writer says, “the alarm clock is ringing loud and clear, but no one is paying attention. Today, most Americans are saving their relaxation for retirement—and then finding out it is too late in their lives to be of much use.” As in the example above, this strategy can be very effective if you want to draw an inference from or a conclusion about your thesis.