The Five-Paragraph Essay



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The Five-Paragraph Essay


Paragraph 1



Introduction

Attention Focusing Strategy

Background Material

Thesis Statement






transition



Paragraph 2


Body

Topic Sentence #1

Two supporting examples & their significance



transition

Paragraph 3

Topic sentence #2

Two supporting examples & their significance



transition

Paragraph 4

Topic sentence #3

Two supporting examples & their significance




transition


Paragraph 5



Conclusion

Summary of main ideas

(different) Re-statement of thesis

Allusion to idea/event/application to “larger” world (“close and open”)








Body Paragraphs




Paragraph 2

Topic Sentence (from reason 1 in thesis):
Body



Page # _____
Page # _____

Paragraph 3

Topic sentence (from reason 2 in thesis):


Page # _____
Page # _____

Paragraph 4

Topic sentence (from reason 3 in thesis):


Page # _____
Page # _____



Editing Thesis Statements


Author



Editor






Identify the following components of your partner’s thesis statement:

Topic




Position




Reasons



















Which reason, if any, may need revision? In other words, is it a “good” reason to support the author’s position? Why or why not?

Now, rewrite your partner’s thesis statement below using another method we described in class
Editing Thesis Statements


Author



Editor






Identify the following components of your partner’s thesis statement:

Topic




Position




Reasons



















Which reason, if any, may need revision? In other words, is it a “good” reason to support the author’s position? Why or why not?

Now, rewrite your partner’s thesis statement below using another method we described in class


Paragraph 1



Introduction

Attention Focusing Strategy

Complete Thesis Statement

Outline of each Sub-thesis






ATTENTION FOCUSING STRATEGY

Why is grabbing your reader’s attention important?

FIVE Types of attention grabbing strategies


  1. Surprising Statement or Question

  2. Tell-a-story or Personal Anecdote

  3. Provide Historical Information

  4. Celebrity Factor

  5. Declarative Information (Facts)



THESIS STATEMENT

What is a thesis statement?



THREE Components of a thesis statement


  1. Topic



  1. Position



  1. Reasons


SUB-THESIS STATEMENTS



What is a sub-thesis statement?


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