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  • 1. The Five Paragraph Essay World History and Global Studies Coach Flo
  • 2. What is the “five paragraph essay?
    • Logical and ordered manner of presenting written information
    • Critical for success in college
    • Standard writing method used in all disciplines
    • Easy to learn once students understand the concepts behind it
  • 3. Parts of the Five Paragraph Essay
    • Introduction
      • Contains background information on the topic, but not information specific to the essay itself
      • Last sentence should be the thesis statement – a general, three point outline on the paper
    • Body paragraphs
      • At least one body paragraph on each point from the thesis statement
      • Should contain specifics as to each point
      • Be as detailed as necessary
    • Conclusion
      • Should be a mirror image of the introduction
      • Restate the thesis
      • Wrap up the paper
  • 4. The Introduction
    • Background information on the topic in general
    • Write for the “educated idiot” – the reader knows nothing about your topic, but does understand grammar and structure
    • Thesis statement
      • Should be the last sentence of the introduction
      • Should answer the assignment questions and outline the points of the paper to be discussed
      • Can be a simple sentence with a list of points that transitions into the body paragraphs
  • 5. Body Paragraphs
    • Generally 3 in the “Five Paragraph Essay” model, but can be more
    • Each needs to reflect one of the points found in the thesis statement
    • Should contain specifics and details relating to the points
    • This is the meat of the essay and should be able to stand alone
    • Each paragraph should begin with a topic sentence
  • 6. Conclusion
    • Generally the hardest part for students to write
    • should be a “mirror image” of the introduction
    • Restate the thesis (use different words)
    • Wrap up the paper
  • 7. World History / Global Studies Essay Grading Rubric Part 1
    • Introduction / Thesis Statement (50% of the score)
      • Excellent / Original Thesis which fully answers question 6 points
      • Strong Thesis which offers an answer to the question 5 points
      • Good thesis which provides a framework 4 points
      • Effort at a thesis which may be faulty or incomplete 3 points
      • Weak thesis which may only generally address the question 2 points
      • No thesis at all – student merely writes on the topic 1 point
    • Content (50% of the score)
    • Command of information in support of thesis 6 points
    • Depth and Breadth of relevant information in support of thesis 5 points
    • Solid use of relevant information in support of thesis 4 points
    • Good use of information, but lacks real depth and/or breadth 3 points
    • Some relevant information – may be superficial (no depth) 2 points
    • A few relevant facts – major omission of information 1 point
    • Little or no relevant facts – paper could also be error ridden 0 points
    •  
    • Negative Components (take points off score)
    • Major factual errors -1 (each)
    • Paper lacks paragraphs or has serious structural issues -1 (each)
    • Grammar, citation or Spelling Errors -1 (each)
    •  
    • Conversion Scale
    • 12 points = 100%
    • 11 points = 95%
    • 10 points = 91%
    • 9 points = 85%
    • 8 points = 81%
    • 7 points = 78%
    • 6 points = 75%
    • 5 points = 71%
    • 4 points = 68%
    • 3 points = 64%
    • 2 points = 50%
    • 1 point = 25%
    •  
    • Suggestions and Reminders
    • No 1 st or 2 nd person
    • No contractions – watch the use of possessive
    • Watch words spelled correctly, but used incorrectly (i.e. “there or their”)
    • See my website (www.geocities.com/foxcrofthistory) for a link to a good site on essay writing. Many other websites on writing are available as well.
  • 8. World History / Global Studies Essay Grading Rubric Part 2
    • Content (50% of the score)
      • Command of information in support of thesis 6 points
      • Depth and Breadth of relevant information in support of thesis 5 points
      • Solid use of relevant information in support of thesis 4 points
      • Good use of information, but lacks real depth and/or breadth 3 points
      • Some relevant information – may be superficial (no depth) 2 points
      • A few relevant facts – major omission of information 1 point
      • Little or no relevant facts – paper could also be error ridden 0 points
  • 9. Negative Components and Scoring Conversion
    • Negative Components (take points off score)
      • Major factual errors -1 (each)
      • Paper has serious structural issues -1 (each)
      • Grammar, citation or Spelling Errors -1 (each)
    •   Conversion Scale
      • 12 points = 100%
      • 11 points = 95%
      • 10 points = 91%
      • 9 points = 85%
      • 8 points = 81%
      • 7 points = 78%
      • 6 points = 75%
      • 5 points = 71%
      • 4 points = 68%
      • 3 points = 64%
      • 2 points or less = 50%
  • 10. Suggestions and Reminders
    • No 1 st or 2 nd person – write the essay as an uninterested outsider. Your opinion is unnecessary in an academic essay.
    • No contractions – watch the use of possessive
    • Watch for words spelled correctly, but used incorrectly (i.e. “there or their”)
    • See my website (www.geocities.com/foxcrofthistory) for a link to a good site on essay writing. Many other websites on writing are available as well.
    • Make sure to fully complete the length and printing requirements of the assignment
    • Do not wait until the last minute – assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late papers will be assessed at a rate of 10 points per day.