Five Paragraph Essay Instructional Unit

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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171 pages
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Writing the Five Paragraph Essay can be FUN and EASY for your students if they know WHAT to do.

Included in this Instructional Unit:

  • 110 page PowerPoint breaking the process down STEP by STEP. Your students will watch as an essay is written before their eyes with so much detail they won't have any doubt they can do it on their own!
  • 34 page Instructional Unit for the Teacher! Print out the pages for your students as directed and watch them write! write! write! following basic instructions.
  • 8 handouts for your students that include: Writing Rules, Transitions, Funnel Introduction - The HOOK, Background Info/Thesis Statement, Body Paragraphs, The Conclusion - Summarize, Review, Final Thoughts...
  • 20 page Verb PowerPoint showing your students how to ELIMINATE Linking Verbs and only use strong ACTION verbs. Their writing will become dramatically more exciting when they SHOW what is happening instead of TELLING what is happening.

Your students will MASTER:

Introductions (Hook, Background Information, Thesis Statement)

Body Paragraphs (Topic Sentence, Details, Closing Sentence + TRANSITIONS)

Conclusions (Summarize Thesis Statement, Review Body Paragraphs, Final Thought)


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Total Pages
171 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


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