How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay

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Here are some tips on how to write a five-paragraph essay. The following is a discussion on the key points to remember in writing each paragraph in a five-paragraph essay.

The first paragraph is the introduction. It should include a mini-outline of the paper. The last sentence should be the thesis statement.

The second paragraph of the body should contain the strongest argument, most significant example, cleverest illustration, or an obvious beginning point. The first sentence of this paragraph should include the `reverse hook` which ties in with the transitional hook at the end of the introductory paragraph. The topic for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. This topic should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. The last sentence in this paragraph should include a transitional hook to tie into the third paragraph of the body.

The third paragraph of the body should contain the second strongest argument, second most significant example, second cleverest illustration, or an obvious follow up the first paragraph in the body. The first sentence of this paragraph should include the reverse hook which ties in with the transitional hook at the end of the second paragraph of the body. The topic for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. This topic should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. The last sentence in this paragraph should include a transitional hook to tie into the third paragraph of the body.

The fourth paragraph of the body should contain the weakest argument, weakest example, weakest illustration, or an obvious follow up to the third paragraph in the body. The first sentence of this paragraph should include the reverse hook which ties in with the transitional hook at the end of the third paragraph. The topic for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. This topic should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. The last sentence in this paragraph should include a transitional concluding hook that signals the reader that this is the final major point being made in this paper. This hook also leads into the last, or concluding, paragraph.

The fifth paragraph is the conclusion. Do not simply restate the thesis statement. Rather, the conclusion should make a call for action, stating as to why the reader should or should not adopt the proposition.

These are just of tips on writing a five-paragraph essay.

You may also want to read about how to write compare and contrast essay.

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