The Five Paragraph Essay World History and Global Studies Coach Flo
What is the “five paragraph essay? <ul><li>Logical and ordered manner of presenting written information </li></ul><ul><li>...
Parts of the Five Paragraph Essay <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains background information on the topic,...
The Introduction <ul><li>Background information on the topic in general </li></ul><ul><li>Write for the “educated idiot” –...
Body Paragraphs <ul><li>Generally 3 in the “Five Paragraph Essay” model, but can be more </li></ul><ul><li>Each needs to r...
Conclusion <ul><li>Generally the hardest part for students to write </li></ul><ul><li>should be a “mirror image” of the in...
World History / Global Studies Essay Grading Rubric Part 1 <ul><li>Introduction / Thesis Statement (50% of the score) </li...
World History / Global Studies Essay Grading Rubric Part 2 <ul><li>Content (50% of the score) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comman...
Negative Components and Scoring Conversion <ul><li>Negative Components (take points off score) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major...
Suggestions and Reminders <ul><li>No 1 st  or 2 nd  person – write the essay as an uninterested outsider.  Your opinion is...
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Writing A Five Paragraph Essay

  1. 1. The Five Paragraph Essay World History and Global Studies Coach Flo
  2. 2. What is the “five paragraph essay? <ul><li>Logical and ordered manner of presenting written information </li></ul><ul><li>Critical for success in college </li></ul><ul><li>Standard writing method used in all disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to learn once students understand the concepts behind it </li></ul>
  3. 3. Parts of the Five Paragraph Essay <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains background information on the topic, but not information specific to the essay itself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Last sentence should be the thesis statement – a general, three point outline on the paper </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Body paragraphs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At least one body paragraph on each point from the thesis statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should contain specifics as to each point </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be as detailed as necessary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Should be a mirror image of the introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restate the thesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrap up the paper </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Introduction <ul><li>Background information on the topic in general </li></ul><ul><li>Write for the “educated idiot” – the reader knows nothing about your topic, but does understand grammar and structure </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Should be the last sentence of the introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should answer the assignment questions and outline the points of the paper to be discussed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be a simple sentence with a list of points that transitions into the body paragraphs </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Body Paragraphs <ul><li>Generally 3 in the “Five Paragraph Essay” model, but can be more </li></ul><ul><li>Each needs to reflect one of the points found in the thesis statement </li></ul><ul><li>Should contain specifics and details relating to the points </li></ul><ul><li>This is the meat of the essay and should be able to stand alone </li></ul><ul><li>Each paragraph should begin with a topic sentence </li></ul>
  6. 6. Conclusion <ul><li>Generally the hardest part for students to write </li></ul><ul><li>should be a “mirror image” of the introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Restate the thesis (use different words) </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap up the paper </li></ul>
  7. 7. World History / Global Studies Essay Grading Rubric Part 1 <ul><li>Introduction / Thesis Statement (50% of the score) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent / Original Thesis which fully answers question 6 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong Thesis which offers an answer to the question 5 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good thesis which provides a framework 4 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effort at a thesis which may be faulty or incomplete 3 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weak thesis which may only generally address the question 2 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No thesis at all – student merely writes on the topic 1 point </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content (50% of the score) </li></ul><ul><li>Command of information in support of thesis 6 points </li></ul><ul><li>Depth and Breadth of relevant information in support of thesis 5 points </li></ul><ul><li>Solid use of relevant information in support of thesis 4 points </li></ul><ul><li>Good use of information, but lacks real depth and/or breadth 3 points </li></ul><ul><li>Some relevant information – may be superficial (no depth) 2 points </li></ul><ul><li>A few relevant facts – major omission of information 1 point </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no relevant facts – paper could also be error ridden 0 points </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Negative Components (take points off score) </li></ul><ul><li>Major factual errors -1 (each) </li></ul><ul><li>Paper lacks paragraphs or has serious structural issues -1 (each) </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar, citation or Spelling Errors -1 (each) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion Scale </li></ul><ul><li>12 points = 100% </li></ul><ul><li>11 points = 95% </li></ul><ul><li>10 points = 91% </li></ul><ul><li>9 points = 85% </li></ul><ul><li>8 points = 81% </li></ul><ul><li>7 points = 78% </li></ul><ul><li>6 points = 75% </li></ul><ul><li>5 points = 71% </li></ul><ul><li>4 points = 68% </li></ul><ul><li>3 points = 64% </li></ul><ul><li>2 points = 50% </li></ul><ul><li>1 point = 25% </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions and Reminders </li></ul><ul><li>No 1 st or 2 nd person </li></ul><ul><li>No contractions – watch the use of possessive </li></ul><ul><li>Watch words spelled correctly, but used incorrectly (i.e. “there or their”) </li></ul><ul><li>See my website (www.geocities.com/foxcrofthistory) for a link to a good site on essay writing. Many other websites on writing are available as well. </li></ul>
  8. 8. World History / Global Studies Essay Grading Rubric Part 2 <ul><li>Content (50% of the score) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Command of information in support of thesis 6 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depth and Breadth of relevant information in support of thesis 5 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solid use of relevant information in support of thesis 4 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good use of information, but lacks real depth and/or breadth 3 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some relevant information – may be superficial (no depth) 2 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A few relevant facts – major omission of information 1 point </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little or no relevant facts – paper could also be error ridden 0 points </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Negative Components and Scoring Conversion <ul><li>Negative Components (take points off score) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major factual errors -1 (each) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper has serious structural issues -1 (each) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar, citation or Spelling Errors -1 (each) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  Conversion Scale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>12 points = 100% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 points = 95% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 points = 91% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9 points = 85% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 points = 81% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 points = 78% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 points = 75% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 points = 71% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 points = 68% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 points = 64% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 points or less = 50% </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Suggestions and Reminders <ul><li>No 1 st or 2 nd person – write the essay as an uninterested outsider. Your opinion is unnecessary in an academic essay. </li></ul><ul><li>No contractions – watch the use of possessive </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for words spelled correctly, but used incorrectly (i.e. “there or their”) </li></ul><ul><li>See my website (www.geocities.com/foxcrofthistory) for a link to a good site on essay writing. Many other websites on writing are available as well. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure to fully complete the length and printing requirements of the assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Do not wait until the last minute – assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late papers will be assessed at a rate of 10 points per day. </li></ul>

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