I got an assignment at work the other week to write up what is needed in a Five Paragraph Essay. I thought I’d share what I wrote up with all of you just in case it was helpful.
A Five Paragraph Essay—Simply
Simply put, a five paragraph essay has five paragraphs:
–3 body paragraphs
Introduce your topic, state your main points, make sure your thesis is argumentative and controlling. (See handout on Tips on Writing a Thesis Statement.) This is your outline of your paper; it guides your reader on where you want to go.
This should be your strongest point. Remember to start with a topic sentence. Have supporting details, use transitional words, and keep to the topic of both your essay and the paragraph. The topic should relate to the thesis statement.
This paragraph should be your second strongest point or an obvious follow up to the previous paragraph. Make sure you use a transitional sentence or topic sentence from the previous paragraph. Stay on topic and keep to the format. The topic should relate to the thesis statement.
This should be the weakest argument or relate back to the proceeding paragraphs. It should have a topic or transitional statement back to the paragraph prior to it. The topic should relate to the thesis statement.
This paragraph should have the following items:
- A summary of the important points in the essay
- A restatement of the thesis that does not copy the thesis exactly
- Make sure to cover the 3 important points that were covered in the essay (briefly)
- A final statement so the reader knows the essay is finished.
Thesis statements should be argumentative, controlling, and specific.
Body paragraphs should only contain information relating to the topic.
Paragraphs should be a minimum of 5-7 sentences.
Writing should be clear and concise.
Sentences should be varied in length.
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