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The Five Paragraph Essay

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Mallory Baker

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Transcript of The Five Paragraph Essay

Analyze
Use evidence and reasoning to convince the reader to agree with your point of view
Locate, make known or bring out a particular "thing" that means the term
The Five Paragraph Essay



What is an essay?
An essay is a piece of writing that gives your thoughts, or commentary, about a subject. All essays need to have at least four paragraphs: the introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
Introduction
The first paragraph of an essay. The introduction paragraph includes the thesis at the end.
Body Paragraph
The body paragraphs are the middle paragraphs in an essay. They are used to developed a point and support the thesis.

Brittany Dixon and Mallory Baker
Period 2
1/23/14

Writing Terms
Essay Structure
What is a Thesis?
Paragraph 1 - Introduction (contains at least 4 good sentence)
Paragraph 2-4 - Body Paragraphs (contain at least 5 sentences)
Paragraph 5 - Conclusion (at least 4 sentences)
The thesis is a sentence with a subject and and opinion.
Often appears at the end of an introductory paragraph
It provides the focus for your essay.
Compare

Look for qualities or characteristics that resemble one another
Stress the differences between qualities or characteristics, events, or problems
Conclusion
The conclusion is the last paragraph in the essay.
The conclusion only has commentary statements.
Contrast
Diagram
Pre-writing
Give a drawing, chart, plan or graphic answer
* Label the diagram if necessary and add a brief explanation or description.
Pre-writing is the process of getting the concrete details on paper before organizing them in paragraphs.
Justify
Forms of Pre-writng
Prove or give reasons for a decision or conclusion
Bubble Clusters
Spider Diagrams
Outlines
Line Clusters
Columns
The writer must stress the advantages of a position over the disadvantages.
Why Pre-write
Able to organize your thoughts clearly.
Make sure your thoughts and details are not repetitive.
Get your concrete details clearly stated.
Outline
Organize a description under main points and lesser points, omitting the minor details and focusing on the arrangement of things
Define
First Draft
Give clear meanings to terms
The first version of your essay.
Describe
Give a word picture of something; tell a story in detail
Discuss
Give the long and complete response to the specific question
Explain
One sentence of concrete detail and two sentences of commentary.
Chunk
Clarify, interpret, and spell out; analyze and account for material you present.
Identify
Show by means of a picture,chart, diagram, or some visual representation
Illustrate
Interpret
Paraphrase
Prove
Persuade
To translate, clarify, elucidate, expound or explain the significance of
Establish that something is true or untrue by citing factual evidence

Restate a given passage in your own words
1
Break down the topic, issue, or problem into parts or principles in order to understand the whole.
Evaluate
Make a judgement of value
Relate
Show the connection or logical association between two or more things
Cite
Provide quote, illustration and/or fact as evidence to support a subjective statement
Transitions
Use transitions to connect
two parts of a piece of writing smoothly.
It does not repeat key words from anywhere in the essay.
Sums up your ideas.
It gives a finished feeling to the paper.
Concrete Details
Specific details that form the backbone or core of your body paragraphs.
Commentary
Your opinion or comment about something
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