Many students learned in high school to write what is commonly knownas the five paragraph essay. This handout is designed to help yousee the weaknesses of that syle of essay and to help you learn to writesomething more complex that that formulaic essay. The Five ParagraphEssay consists of (surprise!) five paragraphs that follow a very structuredformat. The first paragraph contains a one sentence (or maybe a twosentence) thesis statement, which is followed by three sentences that brieflydescribe what will be discussed in the three body paragraphs. Thesethree sentences are sometimes referred to as the pathway, since they showwhere the paper will go. There may then be a transitional sentenceto the next paragraph, which discusses the topic of the first pathway sentence. The next two body paragraphs develop and detail the next two pathway sentences. The conclusion, the fifth paragraph, restates and summarizes the argumentsof the essay, sometimes beginning with the phrase, In conclusion.
There’s nothing magical about five paragraph essays, either in the length or in the exact structure, but they are an excellent start to learning to write more developed essays for middle-schoolers and above. Before you begin teaching the five paragraph essay, you’ll want to give your student lots of practice with book reports, one paragraph summaries, and short fact based papers. Before they begin writing, they can also outline their thoughts in preparation for the essay. Here is a simple form for beginners to fill in. Click here or on the picture if you’d like this printable. Structure of A Five Paragraph Essay The structure of a five paragraph essay is: I. Introduction A. The main theme of the paper B. Point one C. Point two D. Point three E. Transition sentence II. Point one A. Supporting point B. Supporting point C. Supporting point D. Transition sentence III. Point Two …
The Five Paragraph Essay - Trinity Washington University
The five paragraph essay structure is the simplest and most commonly used structure when it comes to writing essays. It is a simple and straight forward technique that makes the most complicated essay easy. The overall structure of a five paragraph essay is fairly simple. The first paragraph is an introduction that ends in a thesis. The three body paragraphs each cover one of three main points that you are trying to argue in your thesis. The final paragraph is a conclusion.