2. Sums up the importance of the paragraph in relation to your topic (optional).
3. Topic sentences can also serve as transitions that link the main idea of the previous paragraph to the main idea of this paragraph.
For example: “While social concerns were critical to Scottsville’s development [TRANSITION], the economic concerns of equality and resources also added to the town’s failure to thrive [IMPORTANCE OF PARAGRAPH] as people became frustrated about the unfair distribution of wealth and began to form rivalries [WHAT PARAGRAPH ABOUT].”
Concluding Sentences: At the end of each paragraph, include a sentence that sums up the paragraph and links the paragraph’s main point to your thesis.
For example: “These rivalries were a significant factor in Scottsville’s decline [SUMMARY OF PARAGRAPH], demonstrating how the town’s lack of long-term community planning led to an unsustainable, unequal social structure that eroded the town’s communal function [LINK TO THESIS].
Conclusion: Your conclusion should wrap up your paper by returning to your thesis and discussing its broader significance. You might ask yourself:
1. Why does this matter?
2. What are some broader ideas/issues that my paper relates to?