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The Five Paragraph Essay

A Brief Review

Ryan Parrish

on 13 September 2013

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Transcript of The Five Paragraph Essay

The Body Paragraphs
The Conclusion
The Five Paragraph Essay
A Quick Review
The Introductory Paragraph
The Introduction Should:

-interest the audience even if it doesn't interest you
-assume a position or argument and give a short overview
-begin with a general statement and narrow towards the thesis
-contain the thesis and three reasons why in the last sentence
A rather blah example of an introduction:

Many people live in places. I live in South Florida. It has lots of sunshine and great beaches and the weather is good all year. I love living here in South Florida. South Florida is the best place to live because it has sunshine. It also has great beaches and the weather is good.

1. What was the question that the author was asked to write about? HDYK?
2. Did the author use the general to specific rule? HDYK?
3. What is the author's purpose (thesis)?
4. Why don't we use YOU in an essay?
5. Is the thesis provable? Give some examples in your notes.... SHARE!

-Do NOT begin with "I'm going to write about...."
-Do NOT use the word "you" use "one" instead.
-Do NOT begin with a dictionary definition.
-Do NOT tell. SHOW instead!
-DO use your words to illustrate your points.
-Your words speak for you when you are not there.
The Body Paragraphs Should:

-Expand on your Reasons mentioned in your thesis
-Defend your thesis with strong examples and or quotes.
-Contain key phrases like"for example" or "for instance"
-Elaborate sequentially from R1, to R2, to R3
-Drive your point home and convince the reader of your thesis
The Body Paragraph Should NOT:

-Do NOT summarize a text.
-Do NOT leave a quote on its own. Explain it and tie to thesis.
-Do NOT be short in your explanation; Elaborate and expand!
-Do NOT contradict your thesis or raise doubts about your point.
-Lastly, Do NOT use more than ONE quote per body paragraph.
Can we make this introduction better?
-How? What should we look for?
-I thought it was pretty good!
-I don't know what to do next!
A Better Introduction:

The fact that I have lived in so many places, both withing the continental United States as well as Eastern and Central Europe, has helped to shape my understanding of the world around me. While there are many places and characteristics that one may call home, where one chooses to live is dependent upon many factors. If one wants to have a changing of the seasons, a beautiful and quarterly reminder of the fragility of life, then perhaps the north is where one may find themselves. For me, Michigan, with its changing seasons, kind and warm-hearted people, and beautiful nature makes it the perfect place to call home.
A body paragraph is the castle, while the thesis
is the supporting bedrock upon which your
essay (or castle in this case) is built. The stronger
the thesis and the supporting reasons are, the
stronger entire paper will be. Ask yourself, are you
constructing a house of stone or paper?
The Conclusion Should:

-Begin with "in conclusion" or "in summation".
-Restate the thesis in other words to reinforce the essay's main idea.
-Remind the reader what your main points are and your stance.
-End the paper in a way that leaves a lasting impression on the reader.
Some Tips:

-Read your conclusion: Does you paper answer "so what?"
-Synthesize, don't summarize. Don't simply repeat things.
-Echo your introduction, but don't COPY it word for word.


From the parking lot, I could see the towers of the castle of the Magic Kingdom standing stately against the blue sky. To the right, the tall peak of The Matterhorn rose even higher. From the left, I could hear the jungle sounds of Adventureland. As I entered the gate, Main Street stretched before me with its quaint shops evoking an old-fashioned small town so charming it could never have existed. I was entranced. Disneyland may have been built for children, but it brings out the child in adults.

I thought I would spend a few hours at Disneyland, but here I was at 1:00 A.M., closing time, leaving the front gates with the now dark towers of the Magic Kingdom behind me. I could see tired children, toddling along and struggling to keep their eyes open as best they could. Others slept in their parents' arms as we waited for the parking lot tram that would take us to our cars. My forty-year-old feet ached, and I felt a bit sad to think that in a couple of days I would be leaving California, my vacation over, to go back to my desk. But then I smiled to think that for at least a day I felt ten years old again. (http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/conclude.html)

-Do Not be redudant. Redudnant. Don't.
-Do Not raise a new point!
-Do Not overstate your topic.
-Do Not Ctrl+C Ctrl +V your introduction.
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