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Sample 5 Paragraph Essay Elementary

Former Students

 One of the best sources of sample five-paragraph essays is former students. The reason why these are great resources for special education teachers is because they are usually written around the level of your students, on topics that your students can relate to, and children and teens like to see the work of peers their age.

You will want to remove the name of the student before you copy this essay for privacy reasons. To be on the safe side, you should also ask the student if he or she minds if you use the five-paragraph essay to help students in future classes. Usually students are honored, especially struggling writers (which can help build their self-esteem), but every once in a while a student is too embarrassed.

Save these in a file (copied to transparencies), so it is easy to share different samples of five-paragraph essays each day during this writing unit.

I.INTRODUCTION

A. Begins with a sentence that captures the reader’s attention

1) You may want to use an interesting example, a surprising statistic, or a challenging question.

B. Gives background information on the topic.

C. Includes the THESIS STATEMENT which:

1) States the main ideas of the essay and includes:

a. Topic

b. Viewpoint (what you plan to say about the topic)

2) Is more general than supporting data

3) May mention the main point of each of the body paragraphs

II.BODY PARAGRAPH #1

A. Begins with a topic sentence that:

1) States the main point of the paragraph

2) Relates to the THESIS STATEMENT

B. After the topic sentence, you need to fill the paragraph with well-organized details, facts, and examples.

C. Paragraph may end with a transition.

III.BODY PARAGRAPH #2

A. Begins with a topic sentence that:

1) States the main point of the paragraph

2) Relates to the THESIS STATEMENT

B. After the topic sentence, you need to fill the paragraph with well-organized details, facts, and examples.

C. Paragraph may end with a transition.

IV.BODY PARAGRPH #3

A. Begins with a topic sentence that:

3) States the main point of the paragraph

4) Relates to the THESIS STATEMENT

B. After the topic sentence, you need to fill the paragraph with well-organized details, facts, and examples.

C. Paragraph may end with a transition.

V. CONCLUSION

A. Echoes the THESIS STATEMENT but does not repeat it.

B. Poses a question for the future, suggests some action to be taken, or warns of a consequence.

C. Includes a detail or example from the INTRODUCTION to “tie up” the essay.

D. Ends with a strong image – or a humorous or surprising statement.