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Virginia W.

asked • 01/10/13

what is a five paragraph essay?

we're supposed to write a five paragraph essay and i'm not sure what it is

Judy W.

When writing a 5 paragraph essay and your struggling to decide what you want to say, try using a template or graphic organizer. The template below can actually be a huge help.

  1. Introductory Paragraph 1
  • Introduce the topic by grabbing the audience’s attention
  • Narrow the topic by leading into the thesis

     2.  Body Paragraph 2

  • Topic Sentence
  • Reason/Detail/Fact with Transition:
  • Explain:
  • Reason/Detail/Fact with Transition:
  • Explain:
  • Reason/Detail/Fact with Transition:
  • Explain:
  • Conclusion:

     3.  Body Paragraph 3 and 4

  • Topic Sentence
  • Reason/Detail/Fact with Transition:
  • Explain:
  • Reason/Detail/Fact with Transition:
  • Explain:
  • Reason/Detail/Fact with Transition:
  • Explain:
  • Conclusion:

4.  Concluding Paragraph 5

  • Summary Statement:
  • Clincher Statement:
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01/20/13

Nels B.

Thanks, Judy.

With a transition at the end of each body paragraph, the answer above is similar to my ideal. The introduction could specifically mention the topics of the three paragraphs but should leave open the conclusion and the specifics of the topic sentences. I outline the body paragraphs, outline the conclusion, outline the intro, then write the paper. I make no effort to write and introduction, for a paper I have neither: outlined, written, nor read.

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01/28/13

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Anneliese A. answered • 01/10/13

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Eric B.

Bravo!

I get this question a lot as well. In Florida, many students struggle with this. You have my vote. :)

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01/12/13

Sheldon J. answered • 05/18/13

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Laura E. answered • 01/27/13

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Jess A. answered • 01/11/13

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Donna B. answered • 03/05/13

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Rex L. answered • 02/14/13

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Donna B.

Rex, I like your image of inverting paragraphs. I completely forgot about that! But, most surely it is an effective way to accomplish the task.

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03/05/13

Spencer O.

Be careful and do not use this inverted paragraph in a published paper. I friend of mine wrote a book on writing, and just before it went to print, someone else claimed he had writte the same thing in his book 10 years before.  However, I remember my teachers and professors using the same inversion process nearly 55 years ago.

 

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03/05/13

Rex L.

I'm not sure what you mean, Spencer, or how it relates to the narrow down/expand out first and final paragraph structure. I cannot see a reason to not utilize this structure in published work IF it is the format requested. It's a beginner's tool, but as valid today as it was 55 years ago.

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03/05/13

Kimberly W. answered • 01/30/13

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