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5 Paragraph Essay Rules

 

How To Write a Five Paragraph Essay

9 STEPS 

1. Before you begin writing, decide on your answer to the question asked of you. This is your basic thesis. You always need a prewriting (outline, Venn diagram, Brainstorming).

2. Before you begin writing, decide on what 3 pieces of evidence/support you will use to prove your thesis.

3. Write your introductory paragraph.

  • Attention Getter (quote, question, statistic, something interesting)

  • Thesis Statement (can include 3 pieces of evidence)

  • Introductory words and phrases about topic (DON’T WRITE: I AM GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT… OR MY ESSAY WILL SHOW…)

4. Write the first paragraph of your body-focus on your first piece of evidence.

5. End your first body paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads to body paragraph number two.

6. Write paragraph two of the body focusing on your second piece of evidence.

7. End your second paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads to paragraph number three.

8. Write paragraph three of the body focusing on your third piece of evidence.

9. Begin your concluding paragraph.

  • Reword Thesis statement

  • Refer back to attention getter (Example: If you asked a question—answer it!!)

  • END STRONG (DON’T SAY: This is the end of my essay… or That is all I have to say about…)

Basic Essay

  • Title and Name at Top

  • 5 Paragraphs-Double Spaced

  • 4 sentences in each paragraph-minimum

Tips:

No Slang and Never use I or you (Unless specifically told that it is allowed).

Do not use contractions in formal writing