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Academic writing help: creating a 5-paragraph essay

If you are tasked with writing a five paragraph essay, there are a few key things that you should know about the structure and about the contents of the five paragraphs. As the name describes, the final paper should contain five paragraphs, each of which serve a different purpose. When you are writing an essay the introductory paragraph needs to contain the following:

  • An attention grabbing hook
  • Your thesis statement
  • A preview of the topics that you are going to discuss within each body paragraph of your essay

The first body paragraph should contain the following:

  • A topic sentence which states the first sub topic you were going to cover and has a transitional opening
  • Supporting details or supporting examples
  • An explanation of how the examples you included prove your thesis

The second body paragraph should contain:

  • A topic sentence which states the first sub topic you were going to cover and has a transitional opening
  • Supporting details or supporting examples
  • An explanation of how the examples you included prove your thesis

The third body paragraph should contain:

  • A topic sentence which states the first sub topic you were going to cover and has a transitional opening
  • Supporting details or supporting examples
  • An explanation of how the examples you included prove your thesis

The concluding paragraph should have:

  • a reverse hook
  • a concluding transition
  • a restatement of your thesis
  • It also should rephrase your main topic and rephrase each of the subtopics she presented within the body paragraphs
  • It should conclude with a call to action or global statement
  • Make sure that you tie everything together. Your first sentence, also known as the topic sentence, needs to have many individual pieces that are effective. You need to have a topic sentence that opens with the transition, something which signals to your feeder the change from one idea to another, and ideally your opening sentence should also have some form of common thread which ties together every body paragraph you have. For example, if you start your first body paragraph with the work first, then the next paragraph should have something such as second or secondly.

    Transitions

    The first few words of your body paragraphs need to have transitional phrases. Transitional phrases do not need to have many words. They are used for showing your reader that one section is ending in another section starting. Can be incredibly helpful for you to see your transitional sentences as a cue for the reader. When you are providing a formal speech you need to make sure that the reader knows when one set of ideas is ended and another set of ideas has been started. You need to know that you are leading your reader from one section of your paper to another. If you can do this effectively you have mastered transitional words.

    Conclusion

    You need to be powerful with your conclusion. The concluding paragraph is a difficult one for many students to write effectively but it remains nonetheless the last opportunity to convince your reader or to impress upon them that your thesis is significant. Take the time you need to restate your thesis in a competent manner. Even if you think your argument is obvious at this point, presented to the reader all the same.

    While you are able to reuse some of the keywords that you have in your introduction you should not copy all of the phrases that you have word for word. Instead you should try and use your final paragraph as an opportunity to showcase your skills as a writer by artfully rephrasing your introduction.