Power Zeros and Power One
When you write the conclusion paragraph of a five paragraph essay, you will use power zero and power one statements if you are doing power writing. Basically, you are restating what your paragraph was about and drawing a conclusion based on the information that you provided in the body of your essay. For example, if your essay is about your three cousins, you might have statements like this in your conclusion paragraph:
- Even though Betty, Julie, and Frank are all my cousins, they are each unique. I love spending time with each of them for a different reason. I love to play baseball with Frank. Julie and I like to read books on her front porch while Betty and I like to collect rocks by the creek behind my house. My cousins are the best!
In this example, the power one idea restated is that you have three cousins whom you do different activities with. Your power zero statements are that they are each unique and that your cousins are the best.
In general, I would always advise referring back to the original assignment or task description given by the teacher/ instructor. There might be information within it that specifies what has to be in a conclusion to your essay and this, naturally, has to supersede all else because your instructor is the one who assesses your work. With this in mind, I think that a good conclusion is one that emphasizes the thesis statement in more specific and contextual terms. For example, if your thesis statement is something like "power is misused," I would think that your conclusion can review the specific instances highlighted that show power as being misused. I don't think you need to repeat the thesis statement, but in restating it in more specific terms, you bring a sense of symmetry to the paper. Finally, I think that there should be some level of reminder as to why the thesis statement and scope of the paper is meaningful and how it helps to enhance understanding of the work. I have always liked conclusions that actually help to delicately raise more questions at the end of it. The link below might help.