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  • 1. Write Fast!
    Demystifying The 5 Paragraph Essay
  • 2. You know the scene. You’re asked to write an essay on a topic, book, event, etc. Suddenly your mind goes blank, your palms start sweating, and you stare blankly at the screen.
    What Do You Do?
  • 3. The 5 Paragraph Essay
    Contrary to what you might think, writing an essay is not that difficult once you master the steps involved.
    Today we’re going to learn how to organize your thoughts, identify main points, create a thesis, and submit a sound 5 paragraph essay.
    I believe each of you can do this!
  • 4. Why We Write
    We write for many reasons; for fun, to express ourselves, to explain, to persuade, etc.
    Most writing for school is known as expository writing.
    We’ll be discussing EXPOSITORY writing today.
  • 5. Expository Writing
    The purpose of most expository writing is to communicate ideas or answer questions.
    Gives information about a topic
    Explains ideas
    Gives directions
    Shows how to do something
  • 6. The Essay Format
  • 7. Step 1: Get Organized!It’s important to organize your thoughts. Consider using a diagram to organize your main points and the facts you will use to prove them.
    Helping the Environment
    Reduce Consumption
  • 8. The THESIS Statement
    Your thesis statement will have three parts.
    The first part states the topic.
    • “The American Revolution…”
    The second part states an point.
    • “…was caused by…”
    The third part includes the facts you will use to prove your point.
    • “…the lack of representation for colonists, high taxes, and a deep desire for self-rule.”
    “The American Revolution was caused by the lack of representation in Parliament, high taxes, and a deep desire for self-rule.”
  • 9. A Good Paragraph
    Each paragraph should be no less than three sentences and follow this format.
    Topic Sentence
    Three Examples
    “Watching television is enjoyable but it can also be harmful. Many children develop short attention spans as a result of too much television. Also, television can be distracting and keep children from accomplishing their goals. For these reasons, television should be limited each day.”
  • 10. The Body of the Essay
  • 11. Putting It All Together
    Step 1: Analyze the question to find the MAIN TOPIC. Brainstorm ideas.
    Step 2: Outline your essay. Identify the main points that fit into the topic.
    Step 3: Create a thesis statement based on your main points.
    Step 4: Outline Again. Identify the facts you will use to support your main points.
    Step 5: Write the Essay.
    Step 6: Take a break! Walk away and do something else.
    Step 7: Proof read your essay for errors. Read it out loud!
  • 12. Let’s Do This Together
    Prompt: Using your knowledge of literature, answer the following question.
    How does an author create a mood of suspense in their writing? Consider writing style, plot, and characterization.
  • 13. Main Topic: How an author creates a mood of suspense.
  • 14. Thesis Statement
    In their writing, authors establish suspense through the setting, descriptive words, and the characters in that are portrayed.
  • 15. The Setting
    Descriptive Words
    • A dark and stormy night
    • 16. A gloomy castle
    • 17. The cold wind
    • 18. The door creeks open
    • 19. “Dark and stormy”
    • 20. “Gloomy”
    • 21. “Cold”
    • 22. The man is full of anger.
    • 23. The female is distrusting and suspicious.
    • 24. The children are sleeping restlessly
  • More to come…
    The Common Comma Dilemma
    Proving your point
    To quote or not to quote
    Citation Nation