If you’ve been instructed to write a strong and insightful conclusion paragraph to an essay, consider yourself duly warned. Your instructor has made it clear that she is looking for much more than a mere restatement of your thesis or a summary of your paper’s main points. Quite simply, she wants you to end your paper with a strong, if not a dramatic, flourish. Though conclusions can be difficult to write, take heart in knowing that a number of viable options exist that will help you craft the “right” conclusion to your essay.

Step 01

Come full circle in your conclusion by returning to a compelling or provocative point that you made in the introduction. This technique works especially well if you have posed a question in the introduction. After presenting facts and information in the paper, the conclusion may be the best place to supply the answers.

Step 11

Supply readers with a series of hypothetical or rhetorical answers. This technique gives readers thoughts to ponder -- one of the telltale signs of a strong and insightful concluding paragraph.

Step 21

Invoke a quotation that captures your point if the “right” words are failing you. Sites such as The Quotations Page (quotationspage.com) offer quotes by famous (and non-famous) people, organized by subject. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you might find inspiration in the ideas of others.

Step 31

Conclude your paper with a strong call to action -- an instruction, of sorts, of certain steps or measures that must be undertaken to promote change, improved conditions and/or a better outcome. Calls to action must be persuasive, so craft it with precision.

Step 41

Make a forecast or issue a warning if you worry that writing a call to action might offend your readers. Support your forecast with accurate, credible figures and perhaps the backing of a notable public figure to give punch to your conclusion. For example, you might authenticate forecasts about the economy and its effects on the middle class by turning to a university economics professor or the CFO of a respected company in your state.

Step 51

Provide a telling anecdote -- a meaningful short story -- that encapsulates the main points of your paper and leaves a lasting impression on your readers, another quality of a strong and insightful concluding paragraph.