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Steps to Writing a 5- Paragraph Essay

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Steps to Writing a 5- Paragraph Essay
Step 1: Understanding the question and prompt.
What are you being asked to write about?
How will you organize your paper?
What specific information (evidence) will you use to support your answer?
Writing a Thesis Statement
A thesis statement is a sentence or group of sentences that tells the reader what you will be proving in your essay. The thesis statement also organizes your essay by giving the reader an idea of what to expect in the body paragraphs of your essay.

Let's look at the process for writing a thesis statement.
Let's Practice
Should students be forced to wear uniforms?
Should pit-bulls be banned in Maryland?
Conclusion
First things is First: What is an essay?
An essay is a formal piece of writing that answers an important question.

Formal
means that it is intended for a serious audience-unlike a social media post or a text message.

Essays should have
structure
, meaning they are
well-organized
into paragraphs with ideas that
make sense
together.
The place where you find the question you must answer is called the prompt. This tells you what you must prove in your essay.
Here are some examples:
Why is Superman so cool?
Should students be forced to wear uniforms?
Should pit-bulls be banned in Maryland?
Our questions is:

Who or what has influenced your life?

In an essay, explain what
person
,
event
and
ideas
have made an influence on your life?
DETERMINE THE PURPOSE OF YOUR THESIS STATEMENT.
Your thesis statement has two goals:

Goal 1: To tell the reader what you will be proving in your essay.

Goal 2: To set up the organization of your essay.

Since your thesis sets up the organization of your essay, it tells you what your body paragraphs will be about. Your body paragraphs should be in the order you list them in your thesis.
WRITE YOUR THESIS STATEMENT.
If your prompt is open-ended, you will have to come up with the ideas for your thesis statement yourself. These ideas will either come from your own thoughts or from text-based evidence from a reading. Watch the video below about writing a thesis to the open ended question:
Why is Superman so cool?

Therefore, if your thesis is,

Superman is cool because he
is strong
,
helps people in danger
,
and he can fly.

Body Paragraph 1 is about how strong Superman is. You should cite concrete examples of his strength.

Body Paragraph 2 is about how Superman helps people in danger. Show your reader specific examples of this.


Body Paragraph 3 is about Superman's ability to fly. How does he use this? How does it make him cool?

Conclusion Paragraph
Your thoughts, ideas, point of view




3 reasons to support your claim
+
=
CLAIM + REASONS = THESIS
THESIS
STATEMENT
Students should have to wear uniforms because it can save
money
,
provide safety
, and
stop bullying
.

1.
money
2.
safety
3.
bullying
Should Pit-bulls be banned in Maryland?
Your principal wants to invite a celebrity speaker to your school. Think about the celebrity you would choose to have speak and give 3 reasons why?
If we have a celebrity come to our school it should be Kevin Hart because he's rich, famous and nice.

Kevin Hart should come to our school because he's motivating, entertaining, and can make us laugh!

Kevin Hart should come to our school because he can motivate us to do better, will tell a lot of funny jokes that will have us falling out of our chairs, and he can give us tips on how to be successful in life!

We should have Kevin Hart come to our school because he's inspiring, successful and he can make us laugh!




What reasons did you come up with?


For the final two practice prompts work with your table to develop the best thesis statement. Have someone write it down and be ready to report out to the class.
How to Write Your Introduction
Essay Format
HOW TO FORMAT YOUR 5 PARAGRAPH ESSAY???


Identity is the factual things that make a person who they are. In our quest to determine who we are, one must realize that people, events, and ideas that we've encountered have helped to shape us.
Some things that have influenced my life are
my fifth grade teacher
,
moving to Maryland
, and
the phrase YOLO
!


First of all, I have been forever changed by my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Green. Growing up in a predominantly African-American community one would think that finding someone to look up to would be easy. Aside from my awesome parents there were very few role models where I lived. I remember going to school and noticing that, while they were all awesome, none of my teachers "look like me." Many of the minorities in my community did things like drive buses, cross children safely across the street, and cleaned our school. That was until I met Mrs. Green. She was down-to-earth, smart, and moreover she made me realize that I truly could be whatever I wanted. Years later, I am proud to say that I love being a teacher and Mrs. Green is partly the reason why.


Secondly, moving 160 miles away, from New Jersey and my family to Maryland, has also had a significant influence on my life. Coming from such a big, close-knit family, I never imagined moving away from them. My whole life changed! Not seeing them every day was not normal for me and for the first time in my life I was on my own. It took some while to adjust but I've grown accustomed and have learned to be completely independent. While I love and miss my family I am extremely proud of myself and the changes I have made being on my own, since the move.


Finally, in addition to my fifth grade teacher and moving, I have been influenced by the familiar phrase YOLO, which means you only live once. As part of the lyrics to a song, YOLO speaks of seizing every moment that life offers you; after hearing it, I decided to do just that! I can recall one of my first reactions to the phrase. It was a warm summer night and my best friend and I sat around the house with nothing to do. Then an idea popped into our heads! We both always talked about how we had never been to Virginia Beach so at that moment, 11 o'clock at night, we decided to pack our bathing suits and take the ride! Six hours and a few fun stops later, we reached our destination. With the sand in our toes and the breeze hugging our backs we sat soaking in the sun and enjoying the moment. I even bought a shirt that boldly stated the phrase that has taught me to live my life, YOLO!

In conclusion, there are many things and people that have influenced my life but Ms. Green, moving, and seizing the moment has definitely shaped me. As I grow older I am learning to be grateful for all the things that helped me to become who I am today, but I am also mindful of what I am around that will shape who I will become in the future.
Introduction:
Hook- Grabs your reader's attention.
Strong Comment that generally support your claim.
Thesis Statement to give the reader an overview of your essay.
~A
rhetorical question
ask the reader a question that you already know the answer to.
~
Facts
are true statements.
~
Statistics
are facts that include numerical truths.
~An
anecdote
is a short story.
EXAMPLES:
Identity is the factual things that make a person who they are.
In our quest to determine who we are, one must realize that people, events, and ideas that we've encountered have helped to shape us.
Some things that have influenced my life are my fifth grade teacher, moving to Maryland, and the phrase YOLO!
PROMPT:
Write a personal narrative essay about a significant influence on your identity.

THESIS: Some things that have influenced my life are my fifth grade teacher, moving to Maryland, and the phrase YOLO!

What type of hook is this?
There are roughly 7.1 billion people in the world and we are all different, yet each one of us have our very own identity.
In our quest to determine who we are, one must realize that people, events, and ideas that we've encountered have helped to shape us.
Some things that have influenced my life are my fifth grade teacher, moving to Maryland, and the phrase YOLO!


Do you ever wonder about the things that make up your identity?

In our quest to determine who we are, one must realize that people, events, and ideas that we've encountered have helped to shape us.
Some things that have influenced my life are my fifth grade teacher, moving to Maryland, and the phrase YOLO!
What type of hook is this?
What type of hook is this?
When I was younger I remember putting on my mom's clothes, adorning myself in her jewelry and slipping my feet into her over grown shoes. I wanted to be like her then and I still strive to be like her now. My mother has and continues be a model for who I am today.
In our quest to determine who we are, one must realize that people, events, and ideas that we've encountered have helped to shape us.
Some things that have influenced my life are my fifth grade teacher, moving to Maryland, and the phrase YOLO!
What type of hook is this?
Body Paragraph
This is where all the details go! Be sure to be descriptive. You may also use the same strategies used in your hook to help you further elaborate your points.
In addition, be sure to use transitional words to connect paragraphs...

~Body Paragraph 1: First, First of All,

~Body Paragraph 2:Secondly, Second, In addition,

~Body Paragraph 3: Lastly, Finally,

~Conclusion: In conclusion,


Identity is the factual things that make a person who they are. In our quest to determine who we are, one must realize that people, events, and ideas that we've encountered have helped to shape us.
Some things that have influenced my life are
my fifth grade teacher
,
moving to Maryland
, and
the phrase YOLO
!


First of all, I have been forever changed by my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Green. Growing up in a predominantly African-American community one would think that finding someone to look up to would be easy. Aside from my awesome parents there were very few role models where I lived. I remember going to school and noticing that, while they were all awesome, none of my teachers "look like me." Many of the minorities in my community did things like drive buses, cross children safely across the street, and cleaned our school. That was until I met Mrs. Green. She was down-to-earth, smart, and moreover she made me realize that I truly could be whatever I wanted. Years later, I am proud to say that I love being a teacher and Mrs. Green is partly the reason why.


Secondly, moving miles away from New Jersey and my family to Maryland has also had a significant influence on my life. Coming from such a big, close-knit family, I never imagined moving away from them. My whole life changed! Not seeing them everyday was not normal for me and for the first time in my life I was on my own. It took some while to adjust but I've grown accustomed and have learned to be completely independent. While I love and miss my family I am extremely proud of myself and the changes I have made being on my own, since the move.


Finally, in addition to my fifth grade teacher and moving, I have been influenced by the familiar phrase YOLO, which means you only live once. As part of the lyrics to a song, YOLO speaks of seizing every moment that life offers you; after hearing it, I decided to do just that! I can recall one of my first reactions to the phrase. It was a warm summer night and my best friend and I sat around the house with nothing to do. Then an idea popped into our heads! We both always talked about how we had never been to Virginia Beach so at that moment, 11 o'clock at night, we decided to pack our bathing suits and take the ride! Six hours and a few fun stops later, we reached our destination. With the sand in our toes and the breeze hugging our backs we sat soaking in the sun and enjoying the moment. I even bought a shirt that boldly stated the phrase that has taught me to live my life, YOLO!

In conclusion, there are many things and people that have influenced my life but Ms. Green, moving, and seizing the moment has definitely shaped me. As I grow older I am learning to be grateful for all the things that helped me to become who I am today, but I am also mindful of what I am around that will shape who I will become in the future.

First of all, I have been forever changed by my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Green. Growing up in a predominantly African-American community one would think that finding someone to look up to would be easy. Aside from my awesome parents there were very few role models where I lived. I remember going to school and noticing that, while they were all awesome, none of my teachers "look like me." Many of the minorities in my community did things like drive buses, cross children safely across the street, and cleaned our school. That was until I met Mrs. Green. She was down-to-earth, smart, and moreover she made me realize that I truly could be whatever I wanted. Years later, I am proud to say that I love being a teacher and Mrs. Green is partly the reason why.

Secondly, moving miles away from New Jersey and my family to Maryland has also had a significant influence on my life. Coming from such a big, close-knit family, I never imagined moving away from them. My whole life changed! Not seeing them everyday was not normal for me and for the first time in my life I was on my own. It took some while to adjust but I've grown accustomed and have learned to be completely independent. While I love and miss my family I am extremely proud of myself and the changes I have made being on my own, since the move.

Finally, in addition to my fifth grade teacher and moving, I have been influenced by the familiar phrase YOLO, which means you only live once. As part of the lyrics to a song, YOLO speaks of seizing every moment that life offers you; after hearing it, I decided to do just that! I can recall one of my first reactions to the phrase. It was a warm summer night and my best friend and I sat around the house with nothing to do. Then an idea popped into our heads! We both always talked about how we had never been to Virginia Beach so at that moment, 11 o'clock at night, we decided to pack our bathing suits and take the ride! Six hours and a few fun stops later, we reached our destination. With the sand in our toes and the breeze hugging our backs we sat soaking in the sun and enjoying the moment. I even bought a shirt that boldly stated the phrase that has taught me to live my life, YOLO!
Peer Editing
Having someone else look at your work can be extremely helpful. Others can see mistakes and might have insight that we don't.
Today you and a partner will help one another by checking your introductions.


Do you want to know what made me the person I am today? There are many things that have influenced my life. Some one that has shaped me was my mother because she helps me with homework, taught me how to cook, and takes care of me.

Sitting amongst the huge crowd and screaming at the top of my lungs. I remember my sister's college graduation. As she walked across that stage to receive her degree, my parents and I couldn't be more proud. On that day I realized how important education is in order to be successful. My sister is a great role model to me because she's successful, gives good advice, and she buys me things.

Florida is filled with many beaches and many people go there to visit. After spending the summer there with my family my life changed completely. Some things that influenced my life are getting a new dog, vacationing in Florida, and never wanting to give up.



Over one million people move to a different country each year.
Moving to America has so many opportunities that anyone can take advantage of.
Some things that have helped to shape my identity are my teachers, moving to the U.S., and Drake's song, "Started from the Bottom."
Thesis Statement
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