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How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay
When I decided to stop teaching the 5-paragraph essay to my own 9th graders last year, I took this approach. I called it the 5-part essay, which includes the introduction, narration, confirmation, refutation, and conclusion. It’s a form that asks students to think about the purpose of each part of the essay. It asks students consider audience. It asks students to weigh evidence. It asks students to determine how many paragraphs they need instead of how many paragraphs a teacher requires. Students still needed a tool, I knew, but at least this one could more easily transfer to other types of writing. In fact, one of my students said that she could see how this structure would have been helpful in writing her social studies paper.
Why sHould we Write 5 Paragraph Essays?
Below are a few of the resources I used to help teach the difference between the 5-part, classical arrangement model and the traditional 5-paragraph essay:
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Many students when transitioning from the 5 paragraph essay to the collegeessay express concern about what else to put in the introductory paragraph. Certainly, the five paragraph essay gives you a clear formula for whatelse to include in the introduction. However, to excel at collegewriting, students need to think about the function of the introductoryparagraph. Introductory pararaphs are designed to give readers apreview of the essay topic and introduce the writer's point of view onthe subject. You do not need to have one sentence in the introductionfor each paragraph in the paper. You simply need to give enough ofan overview of where you are going to give readers a sense of the overallarc of your argument. An introduction is kind of like a movie preview--ittells the reader enough that he or she knows what to expect, but it doesnot give a scene by scene breakdown of the movie.5 paragraph essay topics are not limited to anything, as anything can be discussed in this type of essay. You can choose the essay topic that you know the most about, for example: This is a video of me showing you how to write a good essay quickly. This tutorial is geared towards a 5 paragraph essay, but it can be easily manipulated for a 4 paragraph or 6 paragraph essay as well. I break down the process of writing a 5 paragraph essay into steps that are easy to follow.
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Disclaimer: Some of the links in this description may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.This post is comes at such a good time. And I could have written much it myself! I am actually in the midst of ditching the 5-paragraph essay with my ninth graders. I’ve tried to transition using a classical argument arrangement: intro, narration, confirmation, refutation, conclusion. I have found that this arrangement is more flexible and is reflected in much of real-world writing (like this post, for example!).