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5-Paragraph Essay

  • WRITING A GOOD 5-PARAGRAPH ESSAY REQUIRES SOME THINKING AND CREATIVITY!
  • BUT THERE ARE STEPS YOU CAN FOLLOW TO WRITE A GOOD ONE!
  • APPLY THE FOLLOWING PROCESS TO ALL THE ESSAYS THAT YOUR WRITE!
  • YOU’LL BE VERY SUCCESSFUL!

5-Paragraph Essay

  • HOW TO SET UP YOUR ESSAY
  • PROPER HEADING
  • Jane Doe
  • Title, period 1
  • English 10, 5.0
  • 20 September 2008

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  • TYPE YOUR FINAL DRAFT
  • 1” MARGINS ALL AROUND
  • CENTER YOUR TITLE BELOW THE HEADING
  • DOUBLE-SPACE YOUR ENTIRE ESSAY
  • DO NOT INSERT EXTRA SPACING BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS
  • INDENT PARAGRAPHS ONE TAB

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  • THE IDEA & PROVING IT!
  • Come up with an original idea
  • (or one that completes the requirement from your teacher) such as:
  • Idea: I think the samurai in “Green Willow” doesn’t give up the traits of being a samurai even though he gives up his lord’s quest

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  • AFTER READING THE STORY, THINK OF SOME TRAITS THAT PROVE YOUR IDEA! (IF YOU CAN’T FIND ANY – REFINE YOUR IDEA!)
  • Traits the show he is still a samurai at heart: Brave – Romantic -- Loyal

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  • THE OUTLINE
  • Thesis Statement: See next slide!!
  • Trait #1: Brave
  • Details & Quotes Quest, random house, drops quest/marriage – lord could kill him, protecting her from lord
  • Trait #2: Romantic
  • Details & Quotes recites poetry, protect from lord, sitting beside shrine for “50” years
  • Trait #3: Loyal
  • Details & Quotes monk, never remarries, shrine

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  • A good THESIS STATEMENT is a road-map for your essay or paper:
  • Having decided that young man in “Green Willow” is true to the code of the samurai because he is brave, romantic, and loyal, your THESIS STATEMENT might read:
  • The samurai in the story “Green Willow” proves that he is a true samurai even though he abandons his lord’s quest, because he demonstrates bravery in protecting his love, behaves in romantic ways to her, and is loyal to his love even into his old age.

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  • DETAILS IN THE THESIS STATEMENT
  • Look at the detail that has been given to the traits brave, romantic, and loyal in the thesis statement.
  • Giving more detail should entice the reader’s interest to keep reading and defines exactly what the writer means by those words!

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  • Good TOPIC SENTENCES give structure to each body paragraph and support your THESIS STATEMENT
  • POINT #1: because he demonstrates bravery in protecting his love,
  • #1: From the first paragraph of the story, we see the young samurai striving to finish his lord’s quest, even braving a snow storm. It is only when he can go no farther that he accepts shelter. Meeting Green Willow, changes his goal, but does not change his brave behavior. He is willing to incur his lord’s wrath to remain with his love. Under the samurai code that could mean death . . .

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  • POINT #2: behaves in romantic ways to her
  • #2: While samurai are expected to be brave, they are also trained in the arts such as painting and poetry. And while our image of fierce samurai warriors usually doesn’t include romance, nothing could be more romantic than the manner in which the young samurai first tells Green Willow of his love and continues to express it throughout their lives together and apart.
  • The first sentence is a transition from #1 to #2 leading into the TOPIC SENTENCE for #2

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  • POINT #3: and is loyal to his love even into his old age.
  • #3: Romance can be very exciting and pleasing, but it can be fleeting: one poem does not necessarily lead to a life-long relationship. But the young samurai proves he has more substance than a few romantic gestures by living in harmony with his love, memorializing her at her death, and tending her “grave” for many years. His loyalty to his love . . .
  • The first sentence is a transition from #2 to #3 leading into the TOPIC SENTENCE for #3

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  • Transitions between paragraphs
  • Go back and look at the topic sentence screens for “Green Willow.”
  • 1. What do you see in how transitions are made
  • between paragraphs in the examples?
  • Jot down some ideas you could use for your Gilgamesh essay:

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  • Transitions between sentences
  • It’s not enough to give “lists” in your paragraph. Read this paragraph and ask yourself if it is interesting or satisfying to read:
  • The young samurai shows bravery because he isn’t afraid to give up his lord’s quest. He tries to continue going through a snow storm. He falls in love with Green Willow. He is brave because he decides to stay with her. He also doesn’t go home to protect her from his lord. Giving up your life for a love is a brave gesture.

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  • Now read the version on the next screen and compare and contrast it to the previous screen.
  • Do both paragraphs make the same points?
  • What is the same?
  • What is different?

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  • From the first paragraph of the story, we see the young samurai striving to finish his lord’s quest, even braving a snow storm. It is only when he can go no farther that he accepts shelter. Meeting Green Willow, changes his goal, but does not change his brave behavior. He realizes he is willing to incur his lord’s wrath to remain with his love. Under the samurai code that could mean death if his lord discovers him. He does consider returning home with Green Willow and asking his lord to accept her and grant permission for their marriage. But, while there is no suggestion that the lord would not grant permission, another concern occurs to the young man: his lord has the right to be with his bride first. Not wishing to share his love or submit the lovely Green Willow to this indignity, he decides to turn his back on his world and live in the safety of the woods. Giving up the life you have known for your love is a brave act.

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  • PROOFING REMINDERS!!!!
  • How to write titles of complete works
  • Underline: The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Italicize : The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • How to write titles of shorter works or parts of longer works:
  • Use quotations: “The Raven,” “Green Willow,” or “The Story of the Flood”

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  • Write out numbers under 30 in formal writing:
  • 2/3 = two-thirds
  • 10 = ten
  • 30 can be 30 and on up!
  • Don’t begin a sentence with a number:
  • NOT!: 30 soldiers stood at the gate.
  • YES!: Thirty soldiers stood at the gate.

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  • Try not to end a sentence with a preposition:
  • NOT!: That was the librarian I gave the book to.
  • YES!: That was the librarian to whom I gave the book.
  • NOT!: That was the librarian I gave the book to.
  • YES!: That was the librarian to whom I gave the book.

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  • WATCH FOR RUN-ON SENTENCES Sentences like the Energizer Bunny that just keep on going!
  • From the first paragraph of the story, we see the young samurai striving to finish his lord’s quest, even braving a snow storm, until he can go no farther and accepts shelter which is how he meets Green Willow which changes his goal, but does not change his brave behavior as he realizes he is willing to incur his lord’s wrath to remain with his love.
  • Whew! You can get tired just reading it!!!

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  • ON THE OTHER HAND, USING LOT’S OF CONTRACTIONS ISN’T A GOOD IDEA IN PROPER WRITING!
  • For example:
  • “It’s” should be “it is”
  • Or “On the other hand, using many contractions is not a good idea in proper writing!”

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  • WE WANT RELEVANT QUOTES!
  • Let’s pick a few for “Green Willow” that we might use to support the Thesis Statement & Body Paragraphs!
  • _________________________________________
  • 2. _________________________________________
  • 3. _________________________________________

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  • AND REMEMBER TO GIVE YOUR QUOTES PROPER PARENTHETICAL CITATIONS!
  • I’m writing my words, “Quote” (author page #).
  • I am writing my words, “Quote!” (author page #).
  • I am writing my words, “Quote?” (author page #).
  • Or you can write:
  • As author says in title of the work, “Quote” (page #).

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  • IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO PRACTICE THE FOLLOWING SKILLS!
  • WRITE UP NOTECARDS FOR YOUR QUOTES AND/OR PARAPHRASES!
  • ALWAYS ATTACH A WORK CITED LIST!


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