Five Paragraph Essay 3 Colours

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The Five-Paragraph Essay

A Framework for
Expository Writing

Different Kinds of Writing


We write for fun. We write letters,
stories, jokes, and to share information
with our family or friends.



Most school writing, however, is
expository writing and fits into a
different category.

The purpose of most expository
writing is to communicate ideas
or answer questions.

Expository Writing


Gives information about a topic



Explains ideas



Gives directions



Shows how to do something

Expository Writing Uses
Transitions
Writer’s Express says:
“Expository writing uses transition
words (such as first, second, and most
importantly). These words help guide
the reader through the explanation.”
Writer’s Express - A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers, and Learners ©1995

So, your teacher gives you a
prompt and tells you to write an
expository essay:

“Write about your favorite pet.”
What do you do???
Don’t panic.
Follow this plan…
(Watch for the color-coding, it will help
you organize your ideas.)

It’s Easy!
Start with your main idea or topic.
(use key words from the prompt)

You ONLY Need Three Ideas...


Three reasons that show your topic
sentence is true



And three examples for each of your
reasons (Remember to show, not tell.)

That’s all you need for the start of a
great essay!!!

Use Correct
Paragraph Form
Each paragraph must include:

Topic Sentence
 Three Examples
 Conclusion


No paragraph should be less
than five sentences.

The Beginning Your First Sentences
Start with a thesis statement that uses
the key words from the prompt. Then
write three reasons that prove the
thesis statement is true.
My favorite pet is my dog,
Romeo. He is a beautiful and
easy to care for. Playing with
him is lots of fun. He always
takes care of me.

Now end with a conclusion:
Remember, each paragraph must
have a concluding sentence.
Finish with a sentence that restates
your thesis statement “My
favorite pet is my dog,
Romeo.” using different words.
I have never had a better pet.

You already have your
first paragraph done!
Pretty easy, huh?
To make it even easier look at
this organizational plan using
color-coding.

Paragraph 1: The
Introduction
 Introduction or Thesis
Statement

(Use key words from the

prompt)

 First Subtopic (A “Showing” Example)
 Second Subtopic (A “Showing”
Example)

 Third Subtopic (A “Showing”
Example)

 Conclusion (Restates Introduction)

Paragraph 1: Example
My favorite pet is my
dog, Romeo. He is
beautiful and easy to care
for. Playing with him is lots
of fun. He always takes
care of me. I have never
had a better pet.

Restate each subtopic as the
topic sentence for each of
the next three paragraphs.
First Subtopic

(Example #1)

“He is beautiful and easy
to care for.” is the topic
sentence you will restate for
your next paragraph.

Paragraph 2: Example #1
 Topic Sentence (Restates
Example #1 from the Introduction “He
is beautiful and easy to care for.” )

 3 Example Sentences
(Prove your Topic Sentence)

 Concluding Sentence
(Restates Topic Sentence from
Example #1)

Paragraph 2: Example #1
Romeo is beautiful and easy
to care for. He is a tricolor
Sheltie, mostly black with white
and a bit of brown. Caring for
him is easy because I simply
have to make sure he has fresh
water and food every day. I
exercise him by throwing his
toys. Because he is good
looking and doesn’t require
much care Romeo is a good pet.

Restate the second subtopic
as the topic sentence for the
next paragraph.
Second Subtopic

(Example #2)

“Playing with him is lots of
fun.” is the topic sentence you
will restate for your next
paragraph.

Paragraph 3: Example #2


Topic Sentence



3 Example Sentences

(Restate
Example #2 from the Introduction
“Playing with him is lots of fun.”)
(Prove your Topic...
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