The introduction and the conclusion are usually the two most difficult parts of the essay for a student to write. When it is time to write the conclusion, I always suggest rereading the introduction because the introduction and conclusion should support one another. “Going full circle” is a common idea in writing—starting with one main idea, developing many subtopics, and returning to the main ideas to end.
Here are some ways to do that, using the “when I lost a tooth” topic from a previous blog. If you can include humor in your conclusion, and leave your reader with a smile, that is the best ending possible.
My Grandpa says he doesn’t remember when his first teeth fell out but he remembers when his last one did. It was after he cracked a walnut with his teeth, and a back tooth broke apart. He had to go to Dr. Taylor’s office to have the rest of the tooth pulled out.
Grandpa says I should bite into a walnut with my wiggly tooth. And I’m tempted after seeing Grandpa’s teeth in a glass on his nightstand. What if I lost all my teeth and not just the wiggly one? Imagine all the money the tooth fairy would bring me!
“Hey, Mom, how much did the tooth fairy bring when your teeth fell out?”
“A nickel a tooth.”
“A nickel a tooth! That’s all?”
“Didn’t they invent quarters back then?”
My mother got a nickel, my older cousin got a dime, and my big sister got a quarter.
“Mom, what’s the chance of me getting a half dollar for my loose tooth?”
“Pretty good, honey.”
Sometimes it’s great to be the youngest.
When I was in first grade, every single kid lost a tooth, and most of us lost more than one. Billy Emsing was the champion though. He lost seven teeth that year. I remember because we kept track with a bar graph on the bulletin board.
Now that I’m starting fifth grade, no one is losing their teeth any more. But some kids, like me, are starting to sprout up. Maybe I could get my teacher to post a bar graph of the number of inches we grow this year. With my dad being six feet two inches, I have a chance of winning that contest!
Startling claim introduction:
Suppose you brush your teeth for a minute in the morning and a minute in the evening every day this year. That’s 730 minutes, or more than 12 hours standing in front of a sink brushing your teeth.
Startling claim conclusion:
Twelve hours brushing teeth in one year times 80 years is about 960 hours in a lifetime. That’s 40 days of our lives spent brushing our teeth. Yikes! I better buy a strong toothbrush.
In the next blog we’ll look at some other kinds of conclusions.