Writing Conclusions

Contributor: Emily Love. Lesson ID: 10786

The End. Wait, we haven't started yet! Once you watch this Toy Story video clip and learn the DOs and DON'Ts, you will conclude that an effective conclusion is easy and essential to a memorable essay!



English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Watch the video Toy Story 3 ending (below):


Based on this scene, what do you think the main point of the movie was?

The conclusion to Toy Story 3 shows a boy transitioning to a young man as he leaves his treasured toys with a little girl who will play with them while he heads off to college.

The entire theme of the movie can be wrapped up in this one scene.

In the same way the final scene of a movie leaves a lasting impact on the audience, the conclusion of an essay should leave a strong impression on its readers.The conclusion of your essay allows you to have the final word on your subject. Your paper has been developing a main idea, and you have used evidence to support your position.

The conclusion gives you the chance to make sure you leave your readers with a good impression of the paper. Additionally, your conclusion should give your readers something to take away from your paper that will stick with them and allow them to see the topic in a new way.

Consider the following list of DOs and DON'Ts from the handout, Conclusions, created by The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Once you understand the list, continue on to the Got It? section to examine a conclusion written by a famous author.

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