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Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay

Organization

  • Introduction (or problem)
    • Hook
      • Famous quote
      • Deep-thinking or essential question; big idea
      • Impactful fact or statistic (only example where a citation according to APAis required)
    • Context of the problem (or background information)
    • Thesis statement
  • Body
  • Conclusion

Follow specific reasoning patterns according to the purpose of your text.

Paragraph development

Follow the M.E.A.L. plan.

The Process

  • Answer a question based on a specific and researchable topic.
  • Complete a problem statement based on the one question the five-paragraph essay seeks to address (or answer).
  • Use necessary tools and techniques for conducting a search.