The Five Paragraph Essay a framework for Writing Essays in History C’est Moi!

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The Five Paragraph Essay

  • A Framework for
  • Writing Essays in History

C’est Moi!

  • I enjoy writing essays.
  • I consider myself a decent writer.
  • I have written a lot of essays.
  • I am a voracious reader.
  • I am nervous about writing essays for this class.

Writing is tough!

  • Then came the Middle Ages. King Alfred conquered the Dames, King Arthur lived in the Age of Shivery, King Harlos mustarded his troops before the Battle of Hastings, Joan of Arc was cannonized by George Bernard Shaw, and the victims of the Black Death grew boobs on their necks. Finally, the Magna Carta provided that no free man should be hanged twice for the same offense.


  • Bach was the most famous composer in the world, and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian and half English. Gravity was invented by Isaac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the fall when the apples are flailing off th etrees.


  • The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in the East and the sun sets in the West. Queen Victoria was the longest Queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. Her death was the final event which ended her reign.


  • The Renaissance was an age in which more individuals felt the value of their human being. Martin Luther was nailed to the church door at Wittenberg for selling papal indulgences. He died a horrible death, being excommunicated by a bull. It was the painter Donatello's interest in the female nude that made him the father of the Renaissance. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented the Bible. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100-foot clipper.

Don’t try this at home!

  • The government of England was a limited mockery. Henry VIII found walking difficult because he had an abbess on his knee. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen". As a queen she was a success. When Elizabeth exposed herself before her troops, they all shouted "hurrah". Then her navy went out and defeated the Spanish Armadillo.
  • Here are some responses for a question about slaves and free blacks in the period from the Revolution to 1830: -Slaves could earn their freedom by sacrificing their lives.
  • -During this time, blacks had to live in ghettos and ride on the back of the bus. -The Underground Railroad was a non-profit organization. -African-Americans were forced into slavery, even after slavery was abolished. This was very frustrating.
  • -The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and were all like, 'We all that,' and we were all like 'Oh noes you didn't!' -The Japanese were put into gated communities.
  • George Washington married Martha Curtis and in due time became the Father of Our Country.Then the Constitution of the United States was adopted to secure domestic hostility. Under the Constitution the people enjoyed the right to keep bare arms.
  • Abraham Lincoln became America’s greatest Prec-edent. Lincoln’s mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. When Lincoln was President, he wore only a tall silk hat. He said, "In onion there is strength." Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address while traveling from Washington to Gettysburg on the back of an envelope. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. The believed assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth’s career.

What are the steps?

  • Body Paragraph #1
  • Thesis or argument that will be made
  • Conclusion
  • Body Paragraph #2
  • Organizational statement of topics that will be covered in the essay
  • Body Paragraph #3
  • Lead—introduce time period and main terms for the essay

The Order

  • Lead
  • Organizational statement of topics that will be covered in the essay
  • Thesis
  • Body Paragraph #1
  • Body Paragraph #2
  • Body Paragraph #3
  • Conclusion

Before and After

Before and After

Great Essays Have Great Shapes

  • Introduction=
  • Body Paragraphs=
  • Conclusion=

Writing the Thesis

  • Thesis= your argument/position on the topic/prompt

Good morning What is the argument? Think….you don’t need to write this.

What position is taken?

What is the argument?

What position is taken?


  • Analyze the most impactful events, people, and lessons in your life.

Bass’s Thesis

  • The person I am reflects the people, events, and lessons that have taught me the value of personal progression.
  • Born in Utah, I have experienced the toddler years, teenage drama, young adult uncertainty, and the pressures of being an adult. My life has taken many unexpected twists and turns. Through all of this, I have learned the importance of personal progression from the events, people, and lessons I have experienced.

The thesis

  • Does not simply repeat or rephrase the prompt
  • Is provocative—makes the reader think
  • Is supported by evidence in the body paragraphs
  • Is clear and appears at the bottom of the introductory paragraph

Write your thesis

  • Identify the thesis in sample essays

Organizational statement


  • Provides context for the essay
  • Defines terms
  • Establishes time frame
  • Makes the reader want to continue

The Introduction

  • Lead
  • Organizational Statement
  • Thesis


The Body Paragraphs

  • Topic Sentence
  • Fact/Example
  • So what?
  • Fact/Example
  • So what?
  • Summarizing Sentence

The Body

  • Each person tackles one of the three topics for your body paragraph


  • Bring in outside information
  • Restate your thesis
  • Say, “I have proven that….”
  • Remind the audience of your body paragraph topics
  • Make it long

Your Questions

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  • Rubric
  • Scoring guidelines and content
  • The first essay

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