The 5 Paragraph Essay



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The 5 Paragraph Essay

  • I. Introduction w/ Thesis Statement
  • II. Example 1
  • III. Example 2
  • IV. Example 3
  • V. Conclusion

Thesis Statement Review

  • 1. Topic (Character from Crash)
  • 2. Source (“Crash”)
  • 3. Writer’s Idea
  • 4. Why

Example Thesis Statement

  • Jean Cabot, in the movie “Crash,” shows the audience that people often change when faced with fear through a series of events.

Developing Examples

  • Jean Cabot, in the movie “Crash” shows the audience that people often change when faced with fear through a series of events.
  • Car stolen
  • Locksmith
  • Talks to her friend
  • Falls down stairs

Creating a Simple Outline

  • Car stolen
  • Locksmith
  • Talks to friend
  • Falls down stairs
  • Car Stolen/ Locksmith
  • Talks to friend
  • Falls down stairs
  • Car Stolen/ Locksmith
  • Falls down stairs
  • Talks to friend

Detailed Outline

  • Car stolen– afraid/yells at locksmith/yells at housekeeper
  • Falls Down the Stairs—afraid cannot find a friend to take her to the hospital—appreciates her housekeeper
  • Talks on the phone with friend about anger—afraid that she is always angry and will go through life that way

Work on your own detailed outline.

  • Work on your own detailed outline.
  • Talk to your writing partner about ideas and possible improvements.

Example Paragraph

  • Topic and Details:
  • At the beginning of the movie, Jean Cabot’s car is stolen from 2 black men with guns. After her car is stolen, Cabot finds that she is both angry and afraid, so she tells her husband that the locksmith will come back and steal from them. Due to her fear, she finds herself making a scene in front of her husband and his co-workers and irrationally judging the locksmith.

I’ve finished a paragraph…what should I do now?

  • Make sure it relates to your thesis!
  • Jean Cabot, in the movie “Crash” shows the audience that people often change when faced with fear through a series of events.

Transition Sentences!

  • Transition sentences connect paragraphs to each other.
    • (We can consider them road signs on the streets of your paper.)
  • Linking Expressions and Connectors will often start you on your way to wonderful transition sentences.
    • Yet…Similarly…Not only…but also….

Example Transition

  • …Due to her fear, she finds herself making a scene in front of her husband and his co-workers and irrationally judging the locksmith. Cabot has a similar sense of fear when she falls down the stairs in her home.
  • Alone in her home, Cabot has just hung up the phone when she tumbles down the stairs. At this point she is unable to find her friends or husband to take her to the hospital……………….


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