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A description of the basic five paragraph essay, accompanying the prompt, "Who is one of the coolest people you know?"

A description of the basic five paragraph essay, accompanying the prompt, "Who is one of the coolest people you know?"



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    5 Paragraph Essay Construction 5 Paragraph Essay Construction Presentation Transcript

    • The Coolest Person I Know: A 5-paragraph essay English 9 – showing me what you can do
    • The Ancient Arrangement
    • Brainstorm first
      • Come up with your details – the meat of your thinking.
        • Do it first – this will tell you whether you have enough material to write the essay.
        • It’s too hard to think of details when you’re trying to think about making a good sentence.
      • Know your topic sentences BEFORE you begin writing the essay.
    • The Introduction
      • Begins with an attention-grabber
        • Attention grabber can be more than one sentence.
      • Focuses attention from attention grabber to thesis (a transition)
      • Last sentence of introduction is thesis
    • The Attention Grabber
      • Ideas for attention grabbers:
        • A startling statement
        • A small story (anecdote)
        • A quote
        • A fact
        • An interesting observation
      • Make your attention grabber more than one sentence – it takes the pressure off
    • The Thesis
      • Thesis is the last sentence of the introductory paragraph
        • That means it’s the last sentence of the first paragraph
      • Thesis defined: A one sentence statement of what the essay is about
    • The Thesis cont’d
      • For a 5-paragraph essay
        • Build the thesis out of your topic sentences.
        • Mention all three topic sentence ideas in your thesis.
      • Write it before you begin your essay.
        • You can rework it later to make it blend with the rest of your introduction.
        • Doing it before helps you focus your introduction.
    • Supporting Paragraphs
      • Each one begins with a topic sentence
        • The topic sentences state the main ideas of the paragraph – they mention all the ideas that are coming!
        • They also help make the transition from the paragraph before it.
      • Filled with details related to the topic sentence - that support/defend the claim
      • Finishes with a clincher statement, leaving reader with a reminder of the paragraph’s point
    • Concluding Paragraph
      • Always begins with the thesis statement
        • Can be worded slightly differently than the first time
        • Go ahead – cut and paste it in the conclusion
      • Reminds reader about the main points
        • This is often a recasting of the clincher sentences
      • Leaves reader with a thought to ponder
        • This is the final statement of the essay
        • Works well if this relates to the attention grabber at the beginning