It is time to end your research report. You do not want to leave your reader hanging or suffering from whiplash by writing the words “THE END” or just stopping when you run out of facts to share. The bad news: endings are hard–at least they are for me. The good news: I’ve learned some tricks along the way to help you out!
- Circle back to the beginning: Reread your hook and your thesis statement. Now that you have put the rest of your research into words, where else might your lead point? Don’t copy it exactly, but echoes from the beginning are a very effective way to end.
- Give your opinion: You have read at least one book by this author and learned everything you could about the life behind the writer. You are now an expert on this writer. Why would you recommend this writer to your classmates?
- Capture the main idea: Point out the highlights of your research. Restate – in a different way — the most important things to understand about your author.
- Leave your reader with something to think about: Craft a strong statement that captures the essense of your author. Leave your reader with a question to ponder. Include a powerful quote from your writer about writing or reading or their books.
Try one of these suggestions to wrap it all up. Once you have finished the lead, body, and conclusion, get ready to print. Before you print, make sure
- Your paper is double spaced.
- You have included a heading (McGriff Period#, Your Name)
- You have crafted a title. Review the notes on Good Titles in your Writing Handbook.