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Five paragraph essay


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An essay is a literary composition. A five paragraph essay consists of an Introduction, three body paragraphs and a conclusion. The introductory paragraph has a thesis statement and the body paragraphs elaborate the ideas of the thesis statement. Finally, the conclusion summarizes the ideas of the body paragraphs.

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Five paragraph essay

  1. 1. By Arundathie Abeysinghe Lecturer in English International Aviation Academy SriLankan Airlines
  2. 2.   Introductory paragraph  Body – first paragraph  Body – second paragraph  Body – third paragraph  Conclusion (Concluding paragraph) Structure of a five paragraph essay
  3. 3.   Includes a thesis statement – a mini outline for the essay  Why should there be a thesis statement?  To grab the reader’s attention  Tell the reader what the essay is about  Includes a transitional “hook” which moves the reader to the first paragraph of the body of the essay Introductory paragraph
  4. 4.   The strongest argument should be included here  This should be the most significant example, cleverest illustration, a starting point  First sentence should contain the “reverse hook” – this ties with the transitional hook at the end of the introductory paragraph  Subject of this paragraph should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph Body – first paragraph
  5. 5.   Includes the second strongest argument, most significant example, follow up of the first paragraph  Topic sentence of this paragraph should relate to the thesis statement  Fist sentence of the paragraph contains the reverse “hook” which ties in with the transitional “hook” at the end of the first paragraph  Last sentence of the paragraph should include a transitional “hook” to join the third paragraph Body – second paragraph
  6. 6.   This paragraph includes the weakest example, weakest illustration and a follow up of the second paragraph  Fist sentence of this paragraph should contain the reverse hook which joins with the transitional “hook” at the end of the second paragraph  Topic of this paragraph should also relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph  Transitional “hook” in this paragraph signals the reader that it is the final major point of the essay Body-third paragraph
  7. 7.   Fifth and final paragraph in the essay  Summary of the essay  Restate the thesis and supporting ideas in the body paragraphs to convince the reader  This is the last opportunity to explain the reader the gist of the essay Concluding paragraph
  8. 8.   A restatement of the thesis statement (but should not be a duplicate of the thesis statement)  Summary of the three main points from the body of the essay  An indication that the discussion has come to an end Concluding paragraph should include….
  9. 9.  Thank you!