This is a five-paragraph essay packet that allows students to work on and understand the five-paragraph essay step-by-step. Each worksheet in the packet concentrates on a particular part of the five-paragraph essay with a final worksheet that asks students to write a five-paragraph essay and identify the different parts of it. In this packet students will create questions for their generated theses, thesis statements, introductions, conclusions, brainstorms, outlines, a five-paragraph essay skeleton, and the five paragraph essay.
I created this packet after painstakingly teaching the five-paragraph essay to my freshmen without seeing the improvements I expected. It seems students' largest problem with the five paragraph essay is realizing the thesis is an answer to a question, that the thesis statement must include your main points, and that these aspects of the essay must be maintained throughout the rest of the paper in an organized matter. This packet gives students, who struggle in organizing their writing, a chance to write a five-paragraph essay with a "mad-lib" format. These worksheets will improve their ability to write a five-paragraph essay driven by a thesis statement.
Students will start with eight generated theses. Next, they will create questions for these eight theses, as well as find three main points that support the theses. Once they have done this, students will use the previous eight theses, questions, and main points to create their thesis statements and understand the difference between the thesis and the thesis statement. Next, students will choose four of their thesis statements to create an introduction and conclusion for each. Once students have finished creating their four introductions and conclusions, they will use these four thesis statements to create four developed brainstorms. Next, they will choose four of these developed brainstorms to create an outline for each of the two. Next, students will use two of their previous four theses, introductions and conclusions, and outlines to write a skeleton of the five-paragraph essay. In this skeleton students will learn how to appropriately use transitions and transition sentences. Finally, students will choose one of their five-paragraph essay yskeletons to write a five-paragraph essay. In this worksheet, students will also have to identify the different elements of the five-paragraph essay.
The generated theses can be changed to whatever topic one feels is appropriate for the students he or she is teaching. Also, a great follow-up assignment to this packet is for students to create their own thesis and re-create the packet through their own writing process. However, instead of starting at eight topics, the student will start at one and stick with that topic throughout the worksheets that he or she has already done for the packet.