Writing The Five-Paragraph Essay

“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”
– Stephen King

Students learn to write essays early on in grade school. Popular topics may be what they did over summer vacation or what they want for Christmas. The five-paragraph essay is among the easiest to write. It can be on any topic as long as it follows a simple structure.

First, there is the introduction. You want to write a captivating hook for your reader. This draws the reader into your essay and gives them information on your topic. While there are many variations, hooks may be an antidote or a quotation. They may be a statement, a question or a piece of your research. Make it interesting and intriguing. If your hook is boring and dull, not many readers will continue through your essay.

Just as a paragraph has a topic sentence, the thesis statement is the topic sentence of the essay. This grabs the reader and tells them what they can expect to read. It can appear almost anywhere within the first paragraph, but it most commonly is seen as the last sentence or second-to-last sentence. The task of the thesis is to move the essay forward so it has to be strong.

Paragraphs 2 through 4 will consist of the writer’s examples or illustrations. It’s vital they are organized in order of strength. You don’t want to put your weakest example first, nor do you want to place your strongest example last. This would throw off the flow of your writing and make it seem weaker. Order your examples by how strong you feel the argument is. Example A should be your strongest example, Example B a bit weaker and Example C the weakest.

Think of an essay as the front page of a newspaper. The most important story goes first, while the less important stories follow underneath and in the sidebars. Writing an essay isn’t much different. With each example, however, you want to include at least 2 sentences to support your claim. This will strengthen your essay and carry your reader through your essay at a steady pace.

Finally, paragraph five consists of your conclusion. It’s vital that the reader restate the thesis for the reader. In addition, don’t forget to give final supportive ideas to carry the essay to the end. You want to end the essay on a powerful note while writing a final sentence that doesn’t abruptly cut off. Let the reader know the essay has come to an end, not make them feel like you have gotten up and left the room.

If you’re looking for some essay topics to write about, try some of these:

–Pros or cons of riding a school bus
–My summer vacation at the beach
–Classification of types of automobiles or trees
–Your definition of education, freedom or love
–How to make a peanut butter sandwich
–What you love about the city you live in
–What you want to be when you grow up
–A character analysis of the main character in a novel
–Causes or effects of a social issue or major illness
–Reasons you love the park during the autumn

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