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How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay

To help you draft a five-paragraph essay, visit the following sites:

http://www.gc.maricopa.edu/English/essay/

http://www.edb.utexas.edu/pbl/ESOL/index.htm

Let me know if the sites help.

Also, here are some guidelines to refer to while working on your essay:

A five-paragraph essay contains an introductory paragraph, three supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion that together discuss a thesis, or main point. One way to think of it is as a sandwich, with two slices of bread keeping the meat of the sandwich together. The first and last paragraphs hold together each piece of the essay neatly within.

The introduction discusses the subject generally, briefly touches on what the points will be in the next three paragraphs, and contains your thesis. If the essay's argument is, "The BLT is the best sandwich ever," the introduction might start with a broad statement about sandwiches, then talk about meat, lettuce, and tomato, and end with a statement about the BLT's superiority. You essay should start with the general and move to the specific.

The three main paragraphs explain in detail a single idea, example, or argument that supports the thesis. In the BLT essay, the second paragraph might talk about the wonders of lettuce, the third about the crispiness of bacon, and the fourth about the juicy complement of tomato.

The concluding paragraph summarizes, briefly, your main point and supporting ideas. After that, it should discuss more of why this point is important (i.e. because the BLT isn't served in the cafeteria), what it means to you (i.e. my grandmother and I ate BLTs every Saturday for lunch), or some other larger concept related to the thesis (i.e. if everyone ate BLTs, the world would be a better place). The conclusion is sort of the opposite of the introduction, in that it tends to start with the specific and become more general.

The last detail to think about when writing a five-paragraph essay is the transitions between paragraphs. The final line of one paragraph should flow logically into the first sentence of the next. For example, if the second paragraph ended with, "Lettuce gives the sandwich the perfect crunch." The first line of the third paragraph might begin, "The crunchiest part, though, is the bacon." Look for relationships that can be formed between the two ideas. Good transitions can be comparisons or contrasts, using lead-ins like, "Others feel the bacon adds too much crunch" or "Although bacon is important, it's the tomato that makes the meal."

Before you start writing your five-paragraph essay, visit the following site to help you better understand the art of writing a five-paragraph essay. The address is very long. Copy and paste and hit return. Getting to the following site is that simple:

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:AJ1rah_XEooJ:www.ancilla.edu/pdf/Placement/Essay%2520Guide.pdf+thesis+for+five+paragraph+essay&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESg611ZMlfiBtXGyH9YqM75NrCiQeiNEtvLAuRQGlOoCb5BJuvX20tskzYf7e-GNyEnWBLaZTG20yIF-ppYtE_Yv2vEkR_h9yebzQJwUpWsr8JBg7N3LvOpLTrHFdnsd2TDX1RFd&sig=AHIEtbQAJ_XEID8itjVlNogjXWzgrJTPUQ


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