Write a Five Paragraph Essay

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This simple step-by-step guide might make a great handout for your students. This should take about 45 minutes.

Steps

  1. Before you begin writing, decide on your answer to the question asked of you. This is your basic thesis.
  2. Before you begin writing, decide on what three pieces of evidence/support you will use to prove your thesis.
  3. Write your introductory paragraph. Place your thesis along with your three pieces of evidence in order of strength (least to most) at the end of this paragraph.
  1. Write the first paragraph of your body. You should begin by restating your thesis, focussing on the support of your first piece of evidence.
  2. End your first paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads to paragraph number two.
  3. Write paragraph two of the body focussing on your second piece of evidence. Once again make the connection between your thesis and this piece of evidence.
  4. End your second paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads to paragraph number three.
  5. Repeat step #6 using your third piece of evidence.
  6. Begin your concluding paragraph by restating your thesis. Include the three points you've used to prove your thesis.

Useful Tips

  1. Never use I or you (Unless specifically told that it is allowed).
  2. Do not use contractions in formal writing.