format of 5 paragraph essay
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Voila! You’ve just written your introductory paragraph.
The body of the essay will include three body paragraphs in a five-paragraph essay format, each limited to one main idea that supports your thesis.
The introduction is the first paragraph in your essay, and it should accomplish a few specific goals: capture the reader’s interest, introduce the topic, and make a claim or express an opinion in a thesis statement.
- First Point
- Second Point
- Third Point
The conclusion is the last paragraph of the essay. This paragraph brings the essay to a close, reminds the reader of the basic ideas from the essay, and restates the thesis statement. The conclusion should not contain new ideas, as it is the summation of the content of the essay. The restatement of the thesis is a simpler form that the one originally presented in the introduction.
- Last sentences of the paragraph must reflect the whole point of your essay;
- Remind all of the arguments, paraphrasing them;
- Don’t use citations in this section;
- Join arguments that are alike into a single sentence.
For example, if you are asked to write about racial discrimination, you can start your introduction with a strong statement like ‘Why should people with different skin color be treated worse? They have two hands and two legs, as anyone else”.
The format for all 3 body paragraphs is the same.
The arguments should go in this order:
Quick Tip: if you find that your body paragraphs have nothing to do with your thesis, you can go back and change the argument.