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Would you like to know the most difficult and least effective way of writing a 5 paragraph essay?  Start with the intro, then write the body paragraphs, and finish with the conclusion.  Seems like a "logical" way to write, but this method asks you to introduce your argument before you've even figured out what you'd like to say.

Instead, try focusing on the important stuff - your support and examples - FIRST.

 

Copy the exact Question or Assignment:

 

Find three examples and quotations with page numbers:

1)

 

2)

 

3)

 

Write your Specific Answer to the question:

 

 

Identify the General Subject in detail for Intro (title & author, event-dates-place):

 

 

 

Essay Outline

 

Introductory Paragraph

 

1.Introduce the General Subject (see above)

2.Transition to thesis by addressing the Question/Assignment

3.Thesis (your Answer to the Question):

 

Support Paragraph I

 

1. Transition/Topic Sentence:

2 . Introduce quotation/fact with orientation info (setting: who, when, where, why)

3.Quotation/Facts

4.Paraphrase in your own words

5.Explanation/Analysis of quotation

6.Conclusion/Summary/Transition if necessary

 

Support Paragraph II

 

1. Transition/Topic Sentence:

2 . Introduce quotation/fact with orientation info (setting: who, when, where, why)

3.Quotation/Facts

4.Paraphrase in your own words

5.Explanation/Analysis of quotation

6.Conclusion/Summary/Transition if necessary

 

Support Paragraph III

 

1. Transition/Topic Sentence:

2 . Introduce quotation/fact with orientation info (setting: who, when, where, why)

3.Quotation/Facts

4.Paraphrase in your own words

5.Explanation/Analysis of quotation

6.Conclusion/Summary/Transition if necessary

 

Concluding Paragraph

 

1.Restate Thesis

2.Discuss wider significance of your Answer

 

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