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Mrs. Martin

Western Civilization



Five Paragraph Historical Essay


  • Paragraph I- Introduction

Move from broad ideas to the specific

  1. Broad idea -Begin with an historical frame of reference for your topic.

  2. Try to reference an historical event.

  3. Lastly, include a thesis statement with three parts. A three part thesis statement is a statement or idea that is defended in an argument. The thesis statement should be obvious not implied.



Develop ideas fully

  1. The first part of the thesis statement is the main idea (topic) of this paragraph.

  2. Include at least three supporting facts to prove this part of the thesis. These facts should be specific, detailed, and cited.

  3. Show analysis; explain why your proof is relevant and how it supports the thesis statement.

Use a transition statement to maintain flow and continuity.



Develop ideas fully

  1. The second part of the thesis statement is the main idea (topic) of this paragraph.

  2. Include at least three supporting facts to prove this part of the thesis. These facts should be specific, detailed, and cited.

  3. Show analysis, explain why your proof is relevant and how it supports the thesis

statement.

Use a transition statement to maintain flow and continuity.



    • Paragraph IV- Body III

Develop ideas fully

  1. The third part of the thesis statement is the main idea (topic) of this paragraph.

  2. Include at least three supporting facts to prove this part of the thesis. These facts should be specific, detailed, and cited.

  3. Show analysis; explain why your proof is relevant and how it supports the thesis statement.

Use a transition statement to maintain flow and continuity.


Paragraph V- Conclusion



Move from specific ideas to broad ideas

  1. Rephrase thesis statement, do not just repeat it.

  2. Include a statement on the historical significance of the topic and allude to its historical future. This addresses the issue “Why do we care?” and/or “What did this cause?” Final evaluation or judgment. Do not introduce a new thesis statement at the end.


Longer is not always better, learn to be concise.

Assume your audience has no knowledge of your topic; always fully explain everything.

Name ______________________________

Teacher ______________________________

Topic______________________________

Grade _____/100

Historical Essay: Grade Sheet



Please note- some items will not apply to all essay topics

Attach this sheet to the front of your essay before turning it in

Format/Style _____/25

Typed, double spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins _____/4

Paragraphs at least five sentences long _____/2

Cover page, Pages numbered, Work Cited- with proper number of sources ______/3

Internal Citations with proper format at least two per body paragraph from two separate sources_____/5

Proper tense, grammar, and spelling _____/4

Does not use: good, bad, things, stuff, abbreviations, contractions, in conclusion, reference to own writing, I, you, me, we, us, our, etc. ­­­­_____/2

Use of MLA Format _____/5
CONTENT ______75

Paragraph 1- Introduction

Broad ideas connecting to the topic _____/3

Reference a specific historical event_____/3

Thesis statement with three parts _____/8
Paragraph 2- Body I

Topic sentence (part one of thesis) _____/2

Proof one (specific example- with citation) _____/4

Proof two (specific example- with citation) _____/4

Proof three (specific example- with citation) _____/4

Analysis, explain how the evidence proves contention or why the evidence is relevant _____/2

Transition to next idea _____/1
Paragraph 3- Body II

Topic sentence (part two of thesis) _____/2

Proof one (specific example- with citation) _____/4

Proof two (specific example- with citation) _____/4

Proof three (specific example- with citation) _____/4

Analysis, explain how the evidence proves contention or why the evidence is relevant _____/2

Transition to next idea _____/1
Paragraph 4- Body III

Topic sentence (part three of thesis) _____/2

Proof one (specific example- with citation) _____/4

Proof two (specific example- with citation) _____/4

Proof three (specific example- with citation) _____/4

Analysis, explain how the evidence proves contention or why the evidence is relevant _____/2


Paragraph V- Conclusion

Rephrase thesis statement (do not just repeat it) _____/3

Statement on the historical significance of the topic (Why do we care) _____/4

Allude to the historical future or impact of this topic (What will /did this lead to) _____/4


Essays without proper internal citations and a matching Work Cited will not be graded!

Historical Essay: SAMPLE OUTLINE



Please note- some items will not apply to all essay topics
Paragraph 1- Introduction

Broad ideas connecting to the topic

Reference a specific historical event

Thesis statement with three parts


Paragraph 2- Body I

Topic sentence (part one of thesis)

Specific example

Specific example

Specific example

At least two citations from two different sources

Analysis

Transition to next idea


Paragraph 3- Body II

Topic sentence (part two of thesis)

Specific example

Specific example

Specific example

At least two citations from two different sources

Analysis

Transition to next idea


Paragraph 4- Body III

Topic sentence (part three of thesis)

Specific example

Specific example

Specific example

At least two citations from two different sources

Analysis
Paragraph V- Conclusion

Rephrase thesis statement

Final evaluation or judgment

Statement on the historical significance of the topic and/or allude to the historical future or impact of this topic


Essay Writing: AVOID LIST


A lot, lots

Good


Bad

Thing


Stuff

Pretty


Really

Very


So nice

Big


Little

Interesting

Kind of

Sort of


Etcetera

Finally


In conclusion

Slang

Clichés


Rhetorical Questions

Absolutes- all, none, always, never

Parentheses- if its worth saying, do not tuck it inside of these

Abbreviations- w/o, b/c, etc.

Contractions- don’t, didn’t, shouldn’t, it’s, and all others

Would of, could of, should of-God forbid!! Replace “of” with “have”

First person

The verb “to be”

Passive voice

Reference to your own writing-“As shown above…” “This will prove that…” “As mentioned earlier…” “This essay will show that…”




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