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ESCAPE THE FIVE-
PARAGRAPH ESSAY
Alternative Essay Formats to Make Your Essay Stand
Out
A Presentation by Scribendi.com
While the five-paragraph essay may have been useful
when you were first learning how to organize a written
analysis (proba...
But what other options are there? For those
studying the arts and humanities, there really is
no established structure you...
1. The Stand-Up Comedian
This perfect analogy was penned by David Finkle. To
quote his Twitter profile, Finkle is a "middl...
2. The Classic Compare and Contrast
Whether it's for 18th-Century English Literature, Film Studies 101, or the History of ...
3. The Problem Solver
This format works well for history,
philosophy, or psychology papers.
Present a problem, discuss exi...
4. The Blueprint
This works well for topics that involve a physical space,
geographic location, or different groups of aff...
5. The Imitation Game
This bold style is most applicable in English literature courses when you
discuss period works or di...
Want to learn more?
Want to learn more about essay writing? Visit the editing experts at
www.scribendi.com, the leading on...
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Escape the Five-Paragraph Essay: Alternative Essay Formats to Make Your Essay Stand Out

While it's a useful template when you're learning how to write essays, the five-paragraph essay can restrict your thought and lead to a dull paper. Here's how to get out of the five-paragraph rut.

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Escape the Five-Paragraph Essay: Alternative Essay Formats to Make Your Essay Stand Out

  1. 1. ESCAPE THE FIVE- PARAGRAPH ESSAY Alternative Essay Formats to Make Your Essay Stand Out A Presentation by Scribendi.com
  2. 2. While the five-paragraph essay may have been useful when you were first learning how to organize a written analysis (probably for that response paper you wrote on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet), it does not encourage deeper analysis or the development of thought; nor does it allow for your conclusions to be presented in any kind of interesting way. The five- paragraph essay is like training wheels: if you're still using it coming into university, you're basically the 14-year-old still pedaling behind all the big kids on their two-wheeled mountain bikes. What's the Problem?
  3. 3. But what other options are there? For those studying the arts and humanities, there really is no established structure your papers must follow. This can be incredibly daunting to new writers at this level. Rather than hiding behind a strict and overly simplified essay form, embrace the freedom you now have to use the format of your essay to help convey your message. Here are some possibilities to get you started. What Are My Options?
  4. 4. 1. The Stand-Up Comedian This perfect analogy was penned by David Finkle. To quote his Twitter profile, Finkle is a "middle school teacher, author, cartoonist, blogger, and public speaker." He likens an essay ordered by importance to a comedy act: open with your second strongest joke (argument), and end with your strongest one. This is a fairly straightforward approach for those not confident enough to tackle a truly unique essay form, but it still guarantees that your paper catches its readers' attention and ends with a punch.
  5. 5. 2. The Classic Compare and Contrast Whether it's for 18th-Century English Literature, Film Studies 101, or the History of Conflict in East Asia, you'll be writing a comparative essay at some point. Think about whether you can best articulate your points by discussing each item (book, film, war) separately, organizing your information by similarities and differences, dissecting themes, etc.
  6. 6. 3. The Problem Solver This format works well for history, philosophy, or psychology papers. Present a problem, discuss existing work on the subject, and then develop and defend a logical solution. Just make sure you don't trip on the pitfall of devoting more time and paper to the problem than to the solution.
  7. 7. 4. The Blueprint This works well for topics that involve a physical space, geographic location, or different groups of affected parties. Your paper will move through the discussion of each individual space or group logically and seamlessly.
  8. 8. 5. The Imitation Game This bold style is most applicable in English literature courses when you discuss period works or distinct writing forms. This is an alternative essay in which you write your analysis in the same form as the piece you are critiquing. You've got to have a solid grounding in what you're doing here, and the chosen structure has to support and enhance your critical content, not distract from it. Should you have the confidence, writing skills, and appropriate context, however, this kind of paper is one that makes an impact. While organization and structure are critical to the success of your academic work, you shouldn't limit yourself to a boring, cookie-cutter format. The ability to use even the structure of your paper to enhance your thesis is a powerful one, so embrace it!
  9. 9. Want to learn more? Want to learn more about essay writing? Visit the editing experts at www.scribendi.com, the leading online editing and proofreading company, today! If you want to become an English language expert yourself, check out GrammarCamp.com and ProofreadingCamp.com. These online courses will help you master the English language and become a better writer.
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