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Basic Five Paragraph Outline
Transcript of Basic Five Paragraph Outline
Producing writing pieces can be easy!
First, recognize academic writing as a "Process."
Strong essays cannot be written overnight!
Be sure to schedule in time for:
~Pre-writing: brainstorm words or phrases, free write for 5 minutes, create a thought cluster, etc.
~Planning: create a thesis, assemble evidence, create an outline
~Practice: draft, edit, & repeat!
(You'll get a copy
of this to paste
into your notebook)
Let's take a quick look!
Let's start at the beginning: Intro Paragraphs -
The Intro Paragraph is the most important part of your essay. It should give the reader a concise overview of everything that is to follow, the way a film preview does for a movie.
Be careful! You want to entice the reader, but not give it all away in the intro paragraph.
Too much for a
Elements of an introduction paragraph:
A strong introductory paragraph sets the stage for the essay by providing:
•a hook to lure the reader in
•a hint at the main idea - sometimes an
interesting fact or quote will do well here
•and a thesis to make your argument/state
your upcoming ideas
A good BODY paragraph should contain at least the following
sentence (your thesis reworded focusing on one item/idea)
- Introduce and Cite
- your evidence
and or transition
- Brainstorm: List all the ideas that you want to include in your paper.
- Organize: Group related ideas together.
- Order: Arrange material in subsections from general to specific or from abstract to concrete.
- Label: Create main and sub headings.
You'll get a copy for your notebook.
A good CONCLUSION
-Restate the main idea of your essay, or your thesis statement
-Summarize the three subpoints of your essay
-Leave the reader with an interesting final impression/ a call to action
- Take a break: give yourself a few minutes away from the writing and then come back to it.
- Give yourself enough time to go over it.
- Read it aloud, to yourself, or someone else.
- Have someone else read your writing to you.
-Look over the rubric and check to see that you have covered everything.
Yup! It's a cycle!
You do it over and over until it's just right!!!!
Now that's a wrap!!!