Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay

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Students often say they have no idea how to write a five-paragraph essay. They have been told to write a lot and then to divide what they wrote into five parts, or they were told to make the first paragraph general, the next three paragraphs specific, and the last paragraph a summary paragraph. What does any of this mean?
Students gain confidence in their writing skills by following a formula, using the structure of the wheel, and writing well in any content area. The writing chart will clarify the grading criteria so students know exactly what to do before they start writing. By following a step-by-step framework, students and teachers are clear on how to write five-paragraph essays.

Students will be able to do the following:
* brainstorm using five graphic organizers (wheels)
* write five well-developed paragraphs using complete sentences
* proofread their work
* use a rubric to evaluate their work

The 15-page PDF contains the following:
* step-by-step instructions
* example with answer key
* topics for subject-specific writing assignments
* handouts that explain the writing process
* scoring rubric for writing assignments

Note: This lesson builds on the concepts presented in Writing a Three-Paragraph Essay, which is also available for purchase at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Janet-Cosner.


Materials align to the Common Core standards.


Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay by Jan Cosner is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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1 Semester

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Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay
Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay
Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay
Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay