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Writing The 5 Paragraph Essay

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The 5 Paragraph Essay

Introduction
The introduction should be brief. Try to state main ideas and be concise. Think of it as a short advertisement for your composition.
Body Paragraph 1
Each body paragraph should be very unique from the other body paragraph(s) so that the details and examples fit clearly under a single heading.
Body Paragraph 3
Each body paragraph should be very unique from the other body paragraph(s) so that the details and examples fit clearly under a single heading.
Conclusion
A concluding paragraph should not contain new information on your topic.
Catchy Opener
Start with a “catchy opener.” The introduction should capture the reader’s attention. Try and make your introduction interesting with sentences which:
• Begin with an enticing or thought-provoking quote.
• Pose an interesting question.
• Start with a surprising fact.
• Commence with a humorous anecdote.

Set the Stage
Introduce, more specifically, what you will be writing about. This sentence may introduce a book or define an important term. Most importantly, it needs to link your first sentence to your thesis statement or third sentence.
Thesis Statement
Turn the question of the essay into a statement that clearly defines the main idea of your essay or paper.
Some teachers will also like you to include an additional sentence that reviews the main ideas of each body paragraph.
Topic Sentence
The first sentence of every body paragraph should be a topic sentence or a sentence that summarizes the main idea of the paragraph.
Supporting Details
Examples or Quotes
Every detail presented should be supported with examples or quotes that are:
1) Clearly introduced.
2) Noticeably interpreted.

Topic Sentence
The first sentence of every body paragraph should be a topic sentence or a sentence that summarizes the main idea of the paragraph.
Supporting Details
Present details that support the main ideas of the paragraph.
Use transitional words when moving from one detail to the next (e.g., next, also, furthermore, in addition...)
Examples or Quotes
Every detail presented should be supported with examples or quotes that are:
1) Clearly introduced.
2) Noticeably interpreted.
Topic Sentence
Start with one of the transitions listed in the parentheses and then restate your thesis or main idea of the paper (As shown, All things considered, Summing up, As indicated, Overall, Clearly...)
Communicate the same premise as your thesis; only vary the words and your sentence structure.
Review of Main Points
Briefly restate or recap the topic sentences or main ideas of your body paragraphs in one to two sentences.
Final Word
Provide a comment relating to present or future considerations about your topic. This is a catchy closing statement that will make the reader think about possibilities.
By Dr. Erica Warren, Learning Specialist
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Transitional Sentence
This is the last sentences between body paragraphs, and it offers a bridge or connection between the main ideas.
Topic Sentence
The first sentence of every body paragraph should be a topic sentence or a sentence that summarizes the main idea of the paragraph.
Supporting Details
Present details that support the main ideas of the paragraph.
Use transitional words when moving from one detail to the next (e.g., next, also, furthermore, in addition...)
Examples or Quotes
Every detail presented should be supported with examples or quotes that are:
1) Clearly introduced.
2) Noticeably interpreted.
Body Paragraphs
Transitional Sentence
These are the last sentences between body paragraphs, and offer a bridge or connection between the main ideas.
Body Paragraphs should end with a transitional sentence that helps to bridge the reader to the next paragraph.
Body Paragraphs should end with a transitional sentence that helps to bridge the reader to the next paragraph.
All three body paragraphs have a similar format and the ideas in each paragraph should be mutually exclusive.
Each body paragraph should be very unique from the other body paragraph(s) so that the details and examples fit clearly under a single heading.
Body Paragraph 2
Body Paragraphs should end with a transitional sentence that helps to bridge the reader to the next paragraph.
Present details that support the main ideas of the paragraph.
Use transitional words when moving from one detail to the next (e.g., next, also, furthermore, in addition...)

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