I'm trying to think of some techniques for writing essay conclusions (to give to my students), other than just the "summarize what you've already said" method, which harks back to the 5-paragraph essay model: tell us what you're going to tell us, tell us, then tell us what you told us. Here's what I've come up with so far:
- Call for awareness: Several students are writing about new issues, so ending with a call for awareness seems fitting.
- Unanswered questions/Implications for further study: What issues can be resolved in this essay, and what questions remain about the issue?
- Rationale: Why is this an important thing to study? (This is mainly for people doing comparison papers.)
- Call for action/What you can do: Kind of like a call for awareness, but with specific directions for the audience on how they can get involved and combat this problem.
Can anyone think of any more?