Five Paragraph Essay Outline

 

I.                    Attention-getting statement

a.      Introduce main idea #1

b.      Introduce main idea #2

c.      Introduce main idea #3

d.      Thesis statement (Very important, WHY are you writing this paper?  What is your purpose)

II.                 First major topic sentence (Match I. a.)

a.      Support to prove your topic sentence

1.      Example a

2.      Explanation a

b.      More support to prove your topic sentence

1.      Example b

2.      Explanation b

c.      Still more support to prove your topic sentence

1.      Example c

2.      Explanation c

III.               Second major topic sentence (Match I. b.)

a.      Support to prove 2nd topic sentence

1.      Example a

2.      Explanation a

b.      Support to prove 2nd topic sentence

1.      Example b

2.      Explanation b

c.      Support to prove 2nd topic sentence

1.      Example c

2.      Explanation c

IV.              Third major topic sentence (Match I. c.)

a.      Support to prove 3rd topic sentence

1.      Example a

2.      Explanation a

b.      Support to prove 3rd topic sentence

1.      Example b

2.      Explanation b

c.      Support to prove 3rd topic sentence

1.      Example c

2.      Explanation c

V.                 Restate Thesis

a.      Summarize II.

b.      Summarize III.

c.      Summarize IV.

d.      Clincher

 

For you final paragraph, be sure to re-word things.  DO NOT merely cut and paste your first paragraph.  Having 2 identical paragraphs doesn’t cut it (no pun intended).

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