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5 Paragraph Essay

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  • 1. FIVE PARAGRAPH ESSAY
  • 2. The Writing Process  Prewriting  Freewriting  Brainstorming  Clustering  Rough Draft  Inverted Pyramid with a Thesis statement  3 Body Paragraphs  Conclusion Paragraph
  • 3. Writing a Thesis Statement Use This Formula:  Subject, Stance, Examples Example Thesis Statement:  The school dress code policy should not be adopted due to various circumstances within the school and among the students.
  • 4. Introduction Paragraph Use the Inverted Pyramid  The Inverted Pyramid is an approach that teaches you to write from the general to the specific. General Comment Qualify your Words Relate Thesis
  • 5. Inverted Pyramid  Focus on a key word related to topic  Clo thing  Write an opening sentence that provides a general comment about that word.  Many pe o ple fe e lthat clo thing de fine s the m as a pe rso n.  Write 2 or 3 more specific sentences that lead you closer to the actual topic that you are going to discuss (thesis).  Whe the r it be fo rm alattire o r je ans and sne ake rs, pe o ple te nd to we ar clo the s that the y are m o st co m fo rtable in. So m e tim e s the type o f clo the s pe o ple we ar is de pe nde nt upo n the ir life style .
  • 6. Inverted Pyramid  Now write a sentence that clearly relates to the previous sentences and also introduces your specific topic.  Dre ss co de po licie s o fte n lim it pe o ple ’s pe rso nalcho ice s and infring e upo n the ir financialsituatio ns.  Finally, you write your thesis statement  The scho o ldre ss co de po licy sho uld no t be ado pte d due to vario us circum stance s within the scho o land am o ng the stude nts.
  • 7. Inverted Pyramid Many pe o ple fe e lthat clo thing de fine s the m as a pe rso n. Whe the r it be fo rm alattire o r je ans and sne ake rs, pe o ple te nd to we ar clo the s that the y are m o st co m fo rtable in. So m e tim e s the type o f clo the s pe o ple we ar is de pe nde nt upo n the ir life style . Dre ss co de po licie s o fte n lim it pe o ple ’s pe rso nalcho ice s and infring e
  • 8. Body Paragraphs  The “examples” from your thesis statement will be your topic sentences for our three body paragraphs.  In the example thesis statement, the three examples can be:  It is costly  It would make students uncomfortable  It takes away from individuality The school dress code policy should not be adopted due to various circumstances within the school and among the students.
  • 9. Body paragraphs  The first example will become your first sentence of your body paragraph (topic sentence). Ex. One reason why the dress code should not be adopted is because it is costly.  Sentences following your topic sentence are called supporting sentences. Topic sentences are supported with:  Facts  Exam ple s  Re aso ns  Quo te s
  • 10. Transitions A transitional sentence does exactly what it says—it transitions, or flows, one idea into the idea of another. For example, if your essay is about your favorite book, your first body paragraph may discuss the main reason why it is your favorite book. Within that paragraph you would use transitional words to move from one idea to the next to form a sense of unity in your paragraph In other words, you would transition between one supporting sentence and the next.
  • 11. Revising Body paragraphs After writing a body paragraph, review it.  Any sentence that does not support your topic sentence or seems off topic can be eliminated.  Paragraphs should have transitions within it when necessary to connect information and make it “flow”.  Sentences that make similar points should follow each other to increase “flow”.
  • 12. Example Body Paragraph One reason the dress code should not be adopted is because it is costly. Most students already own jeans, cargo pants, and tee shirts. Forcing students to wear collared shirts with no logos and khaki pants is an added expense to parents who must also buy their children regular clothing to wear at night and on weekends. Essentially, parents are being forced to increase there family budget in order to buy an unnecessary amount of clothes. In fact, allowing students to continue wearing jeans will surely help reduce the amount of money parents will have to spend on
  • 13. Body Paragraph  Create a body paragraph for the following topic sentence:  The finalre aso n why the scho o lsho uld no t ado ptThe finalre aso n why the scho o lsho uld no t ado pt a dre ss co de po licy is be cause it wo uld take awaya dre ss co de po licy is be cause it wo uld take away fro m a stude nt’s individuality.fro m a stude nt’s individuality.  The remainder of the paragraph should provide support for your topic sentence.  Remember to use transitions to move between ideas in your paragraph.
  • 14. Inverted Pyramid Information Information Information BodyParagraphs Conclusion Thesis Statement Restate Thesis
  • 15. Example  Clearly there are many reason why the school board should not adopt a dress code policy. The added cost of school clothes would be a burden to many families. In addition, students should be free to express themselves through their clothing and should not have to fee uncomfortable in clothes that someone else chose for them. It is obvious that the policy is not in the student’s best interests. The school should definitely refrain from adopting it.

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