Starting Sentence Option 1: The death penalty may seem like [a great idea/a horrific torture], but [did you know/were you aware] that it is available in 30 states? The killing of a [criminal/wrongdoer] is something that is [permitted by the government/government sanctioned] and that is [a good thing/very wrong]. [thesis statement]
Starting Sentence Option 2: Much controversy surrounds [the death penalty/capital punishment]. The idea of killing someone [as a consequence/in punishment] of a crime seems [cruel/just] to many, but others [are for/are against/protest] it. In fact, the death penalty is [thesis statement].
- Certain crimes require a o-strong="er punishment for deterrence and capital punishment is the ultimate deterrent.
- You cannot rehabilitate some people and these people should be put to death.
- The death penalty does not allow for rehabilitation or repentance. If the person is killed, they cannot fix their ways.
- Every human deserves the chance at life, no matter what they have done and we cannot take that right away.
Bureau of Justice Capital Punishment
Death Penalty Fact Sheet
Although conclusions generally do not cause students as much trouble as introductions, they are nearly as difficult to get right. Contrary to popular belief, conclusions do not merely restate the thesis, and they should never begin with "In conclusion " They represent your last chance to say something important to your readers, and can be used for some, or all, of the following tasks:
- Emphasizing the purpose and importance of your essay
- Explaining the significance or consequences of your findings
- Indicating the wider applications of the method developed in your essay
- Establishing your essay as the basis for further investigation
- To show other directions of inquiry into the subject
Conclusions vary widely in structure, and no prescription can guarantee that your essay has ended well. If the introduction and body of your essay have a clear trajectory, your readers should already expect you to conclude when the final paragraph arrives, so dont overload it with words or phrases that indicate its status. Below is an outline for a hypothetical, abstract essay with five main sections:
- Transition from last body paragraph
- Sentences explaining how paper has fit together and leads to a stronger, more emphatic and more detailed version of your thesis
- Discussion of implications for further research
- Final words
Here are a few ways that some good writers ended their essays: