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FIVE PARAGRAPH ESSAY HANDOUT

First, come up with an opinion and three reasons the opinion is true.

INTRODUCTION:
Attention Getter(Do not start with a question):

Merriam Webster defines judging as to form an estimate or evaluation of; especially to form a negative opinion about.

Start general and get more and more specific to your topic:

Judging itself isn’t a bad thing, the fact that most people judge with little to no prior evidence is what causes problems

Thesis Statement(State the opinion and the three reasons in one long sentence):

Judging others often leads to injustice, because it causes misunderstandings, it causes people to form opinions of others before getting to know them, and these opinions spread to the people around you, causing even more misunderstandings, which in turn, leads to the cycle repeating.

BODY PARAGRAPH #1

Topic sentence(Restate the opinion from the Thesis and the first reason only):

Judging others often leads to injustice because it causes misunderstandings.

Passage from the book for evidence(include the page number):

“She said she was going to leave this world beholden to nothing and nobody. Jem, when you’re sick as she was, it’s all right to take anything to make it easier, but it wasn’t all right for her. She said she meant to break herself of it before she died, and that’s what she did.” 148

Commentary(State the importance of the passage/evidence. This should be three or more sentences):

Jem and Scout made Mrs. Dubose out to be a mean old lady, who was mean by nature, and got pleasure from tormenting them on a daily basis, when in reality, she was a good, strong woman, who wanted to die on her own terms.

Concluding sentence(Restate the topic sentence in different words):

Injustice is often caused by judging, since it causes misunderstandings.

BODY PARAGRAPH #2

Topic sentence(Restate the opinion and only the second reason):

Judging others often leads to injustice,...
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