A Clincher Sentence is a vital part of academic writing, while a clincher statement focuses on whatever questions and theories previously put forward. It is a comprehensive piece of writing that deals with a certain idea, where each clincher sentence should conclude with a clincher statement. Clincher sentences can sometimes also be stated as a fact, argument or situation that is either to make people agree or disagree with. In most instances it starts with a topic sentence that will explain what that paragraph is about, followed by some facts and arguments to support it and finally to complete it, a clincher sentence is added at the very end of each phrase.
The Role of a Clincher Sentence:
To end an essay with flow a clincher sentence needs to be added and keeping the audience’s ideas in mind is really important. Another very important part to remember is that words and phrases need to not be restated and it should end with a topic that is understandable for the reader. Rather than being just some words thrown together to form a summary, there needs to be depth and meaning in each paragraph.
Forming a Clincher Sentence:
Start by beginning the last sentences with words like “to conclude” or “ultimately’’, right after these words the clincher sentence needs to have a topic statement, but it should be stated using a new word, which should enlarge the topic before ending the paragraph. Always keep in mind to carry out this task in a professional manner and make it clear to the reader the point you wish to get across without a trace of hesitation. The clincher sentence should always summarize what you have been writing about in the previous phrase.
The Introductory Paragraph:
Once you have completed writing your middle paragraphs, which creates the body of your essay and when you are happy with the argument you have put forward along with substantial information, you can then add your introduction. Below will detail how to begin, prepare and end your statement.
- Make known the topic you have picked for your essay
- Write a welcome that will get your readers attention
- Prepare room for discussion on the topic
- Carry forward the statement you prepared for your thesis
- Get your reader ready for the thesis statement, along with your argument or case
- Finish off with a thorough thesis statement
Tips for Preparing a Thesis:
Here is a quick list of things you should use to prepare a thesis:
- Supply historical knowledge
- Determine the present situation
- Define the idea or term
- State the boundaries of the essay
- Put forward your assumptions
- State the problem
To End your Clincher Sentence:
Here’s an overview about how to end your clincher sentence:
- Start by stating the thesis
- Mirror the first paragraph
- Summarize the entire essay
- Phrase your argument in a large scale but don not create new points
- Leave your reader feeling excited and complete
Always keep in mind to add suspense to your Clincher Sentence by adding simple and easy to follow arguments and phrases. Let the reader feel suspense and anticipation plus a sense of fulfilment after having read your essay. To conclude make each clincher paragraph unique and add things that will make the topic stand out from the crowd.
by Sophie Herron of Story to College
Last Friday we worked on how to identify your Pivot, the key moment or climax of your college essay, as the first step to make sure your essay meets the three requirements of the form: that your college essay needs to be short and energetic, and reveal your character.
Today, we’re going to jump right into the next step of revising your essay: The End. We’ll look at the most important dos and don’ts, and 5 techniques you can use in your own essay.
We’re working on the end today because:
1. It’s harder to get right than the beginning. Sorry. It just is.
2. Having a good, clear ending helps you write & revise the rest of your story.
3. It’s the last thing an admissions officer will read, so it’s especially important.
All right, enough chatter. On to the good stuff.
The Most Important Do and Don’t of College Essay Endings
DO: End in the action.
End right after your pivot, or key moment. I constantly tell students to end earlier–end right next to your success! (Whatever “success” means, in your particular essay.) Think of the “fade-to-black” in a movie–you want us to end on the high, glowy feeling. End with the robot’s arm lifting, or your call home to celebrate, or your grandma thanking you. Then stop. Leave your reader wanting more! Keep the admissions officer thinking about you.
In fact, that’s why we call successful endings Glows here at Story To College, because that’s exactly how you want your admissions officer to feel. Glowy. Impressed. Moved. Inspired. Don’t ruin the moment.End earlier.
Here’s your challenge: don’t ever say the point of your essay. Cut every single “that’s when I realized” and “I learned” and “the most important thing was…” Every single one. They’re boring, unconvincing, and doing you no favors.
When you tell the reader what to feel, or think, you stop telling a story. And then the reader stops connecting with you. And then they stop caring. Don’t let this happen. Don’t summarize.
But if you don’t–how do you end?
5 Ways to Powerfully End Your College Essay
Did someone tell you good job, or thank you, or congratulate you? Did you finally speak up, or get something done? Put it in dialogue. It’s a powerful way to end. In fact, it’s an easy revision of those “I learned…” sentences earlier. So you learned to never give up?
“Hey mom,” I said into my phone. “Yeah, I’m not coming home right away–I’ve got practice.”
BOOM. Look at that.
Here’s a simple example:
I pushed open the door, and stepped inside.
Even without context, you can tell this student took a risk and committed to something. It’s all in the actions.
Maybe you want to end in a mood, or by creating a wider view of things, or by focusing in on a certain important object.
The whole robot shuddered as it creaked to life and rolled across the concrete floor. It’s silver arm gently grasped the upturned box, and then, lifted it.
There’s some combination here with action, but that’s perfectly fine.
4. Go full circle.
Did you talk to someone at the beginning? You might end by talking to them again. Or if you described a certain object, you might mention it again. There are lots of ways to end where you began, and it’s often a really satisfying technique.
5. Directly address the college.
Tell them what you’re going to do there, or what you’re excited about. I did this, actually in mine–something like:
And that’s why I’m so excited about the Core Curriculum: I’m going to study everything.
This technique breaks the “don’t tell them what your essay is about” rule–but only a little. Be sure to still sound like yourself, and to be very confident in your plans.
That’s all! Be sure to check out “Success Stories” (again, here) if you haven’t yet for more examples of each of these techniques.
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Sophie Herron taught high school English in Houston, Texas, at KIPP Houston High School through Teach For America. Since then, she received her MFA in Poetry from New York University, where she was a Goldwater Fellow, instructor of Creative Writing, and Managing Editor of Washington Square Review, the graduate literary journal. She continues to teach as an instructor at Story To College and as a teaching artist with the Community-Word Project. She is a poet and podcaster.