Conclusion Paragraph

I know the conclusion isn’t necessary and won’t add any points to the rubric, but would adding one help with the complexity point?

A “conclusion” might help rephrase and strengthen your thesis or world historical context.

The “complexity point” should be woven throughout the essay, not just plunked into one paragraph at the end.

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Hi @Chrispy_Bacon. The best part of adding a conclusion (if time allows) is that it gives you a change to rework your thesis so that if you weren’t successful in gaining the thesis point in your introductory paragraph, you could possibly get it here. In regards to complexity, that is something that has to flow throughout the entire essay so I wouldn’t think the conclusion would be a make or break moment for that rubric point. Good luck tomorrow!

Hello! I don’t think you can get that complexity point just in a conclusion paragraph. The main reason I say this is that you might be running short on time to give it all the time it needs. If you do have time for a conclusion paragraph, the best idea might be to summarize your thoughts (maybe try to put in an alternative or opposing idea - IF TIME) … but mostly use that last paragraph to restate your thesis in a bit of a different manner - just in case they don’t give you a thesis point at the start. Hope this helps! Good luck on the test!

Actually, I think the conclusion paragraph is a great place to try to get complexity. This is how I would try it.
How do you get the Complexity Point? GEM

  1. Generate Nuance–tell different sides of the question, expound on one or more of your arguments
  2. Explain–explain both sides of the historical reasoning skill being used for the DBQ. College Board will ask you to use one of 3 historical thinking skills–Causation, Comparison, or Continuity and Change.
    If the question asks you to tell you the causes of the Renaissance, tell the effects of it; if the question asks you to compare two periods, the other side would be to tell what was different between the two periods; if it asks you to evaluate the extent of change, also tell what things stayed the same;
  3. Make Connections across Time; connect your information to something that happened later in history.
    Any part of “GEM” can gain you the complexity point!
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