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Five Paragraph Essay Outline
Teachers can use these steps to teach students how to write a great five paragraph essay by using outlines and properly organizing thoughts, topics, and details. These directions are written for students to follow when choosing a topic, creating a basic outline, and writing the essay.

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Step 1 - Choose a Good Topic

When writing an essay, it is important to choose a topic that is not too broad. For example, do not write about football. Choose something more specific, like football drills, the greatest football team, football equipment, football practice, etc. It is important that you can think of three main ideas that you want to discuss in the essay. If you cannot think of three specific ideas to discuss, then the topic is too narrow. If your chosen topic is too narrow, choose a slightly broader topic so specific ideas or details can be listed. For example, if you planned to write about football field goals and couldn't list many details about it, choose something like scoring points in football.

Step 2 - Organize the Essay

Organizing an essay can be done in many forms. Some people like to use graphic organizers like a web. It looks like a spider web with circles connected. In the middle circle, write the main topic. Then make three "spokes" off of the main circle and make three more circles. These will be your body paragraphs' main ideas. Write the topics in those three circles. Then from those, add two to five more lines or "spokes" from those circles to become details you want to talk about in your essay. Another way to organize an essay is to follow this basic outline form: Topic______________

Thesis Statement (One sentence that tells the reader what the essay will discuss.)________________________________________________________________________________________________ Body Paragraph #1 main idea ________________________________________________________________ Detail #1_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #2_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #3_________________________________________________________________________________ Body Paragraph #2 main idea ________________________________________________________________ Detail #1_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #2_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #3_________________________________________________________________________________ Body Paragraph #3 main idea ________________________________________________________________ Detail #1_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #2_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #3_________________________________________________________________________________ Conclusion (Wrap up essay and leave reader with interesting thought.)_________________________________

Step 3 - Writing the Essay

Once the outline is filled out, the essay is quite easy to write. Your ideas are organized. It is important to have good transition words between each main paragraph, such as first, second, third, also, furthermore, hence, etc. The five paragraph essay includes an introduction, three body paragraphs and a conclusion. Another tip is not to start the essay with "my essay will be about" or "I am going to write about." These are boring and not interesting essay beginnings. Think about interesting facts about the topic or famous quotes about the topic to put in the introduction. Make sure to include a thesis statement to inform the reader about the essay's topic. The introduction can be the hardest part to write; however, it is very important that it is strong. Another part of the essay that many students forget to...
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