Five Paragraph Essay
We just spent the past few days learning about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In 2007, the New7Wonders Foundation organized a poll of modern wonders and 1 million votes were cast. The following 7 were the winners:
Chichen Itza (Yucatán, Mexico)
Christ the Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
Great Wall of China (China)
Machu Picchu (Cuzco, Perú)
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
You are to choose one of the New 7 Wonders of the world and write a five paragraph essay on it. In your essay you should include and justify if your modern wonder would have made the Ancient Greece list of Seven Wonders. Keep in mind the features required to qualify for the Ancient Greek’s list: A.
Works of great artistry
Great feats of engineering
Elements of a Five Paragraph Essay:
Introductory paragraph -> Thesis Statement (mini outline of what the paper is about) First Body Paragraph -> Topic Sentence with 3 supporting details Second Body Paragraph -> Topic Sentence with 3 supporting details Third Body Paragraph -> Topic Sentence with 3 supporting details Concluding Paragraph -> Reworded Thesis; a summary of the three main points from the body of the paper; and a final statement that gives the reader signals that the discussion has come to an end.
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Research Essay Writing Process
Topic vs. thesis statement
A topic is general and very broad. For example, you might write a paper about pollution. You could write this paper for a LONG time unless you narrow the field. Ask yourself questions:
What geographical area?
What environmental anomalies?
Who is affected? Specific age group?
A thesis statement focuses on one particular section of the broad topic and covers it in detail. A thesis statement is more than a mere statement; it must be defensible. Step 1: Make a statement
Pollution is a serious issue in urban centres.......
Step 2: Outline your defense
a) it leads to the release of dangerous chemicals into the air, water, and soil b)............................................................................................................ c)............................................................................................................ Thesis statement
Thesis statement reveals:
central message of the essay
should convince and persuade the reader
without a thesis, the essay lacks direction and purpose, and wanders from point to point
purpose of the paper •
relevance to the topic
indicates of direction of the essay
Like any good reading material, the introduction should grab the reader's interest or attention, so he or she will continue reading your essay.
What does an introduction do?
• sets the stage
• establishes the context
• gets to the heart of things quickly
• includes thesis statement
• relevant background information
• brief, interesting story/anecdote
• pertinent statistic(s)
• appropriate quotation
• definition of term(s)
• identification of situation
What to avoid in your Introduction:
• "The purpose of my essay is?"
• "I am going to write about?"
• clichés or commonplace ideas: "Since the dawn of time, people have fallen in love." • apologies: "I am not sure this is right, but this is my opinion." • repetition of the topic
The Body of the Paper
If you remember SAY IT...SUPPORT IT.... EXPLAIN IT, you will have the three essential components of every paragraph you write. Each paragraph should have one idea which you introduce, support with material from other sources, and synthesize. The last element is your defense or explanation of the importance of the paragraph to your thesis. ________________________________________
Citations: All sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and sited correctly. (Min. 5) All sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and most are cited correctly. Most sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and are cited correctly. Many sources are suspect (not credible) AND/OR not cited correctly.
Grammar & Spelling Author makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader from the content. Author makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Author makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Author makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader from the content.
Evidence and Examples All of the evidence and examples are specific, relevant and explanations are given that show how each pieces of evidence supports the author’s position. Most of the evidence and examples are specific, relevant and explanations are given that show how each pieces of evidence supports the author’s position. At least 1 of the pieces of evidence and examples is relevant and has an explanation that shows how the piece of evidence supports the author’s position. Evidence and examples are NOT relevant AND/OR are not explained.
APA Format Correct Title Page Format. Original title page #’s and double spaced. References (min. 5) Minor errors. Multiple errors. Incorrect format.
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