Writing the Essay

5 Paragraph Format - Outline

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 here:

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