Start with Simple Paragraphs We always start with simple paragraphs. Organize and Write the Body Paragraphs Please refer to my five paragraph essay organizer below.
Yes, this is basic, but if your students cannot write excellent paragraphs, their five paragraph essays will be train wrecks. We spend a while cementing paragraph structure: Topic Sentence Detail #1 Detail #2 Detail #3 Closing Sentence I give students topics, they come up with their own topics, we write together, they write with a partner or independently, the more variety, the better. The three body paragraphs are absolutely crucial to the success of the five paragraph essay.
Teach the Introduction Paragraph I have to say, this is my favorite paragraph to teach.
The introduction paragraph is what draws readers into the essay and makes them want to read more.
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When I look back to my first experience teaching five paragraph essays to fifth graders, I can remember how terribly unprepared I felt.
I had a teacher say to me once, “What’s the point of just writing parts of the essay? The three body paragraphs are the foundation of the essay.
They need to write the entire five paragraphs to get all of the practice they need.” I understand that point. Should you test out the foundation and make sure it’s sound and sturdy before building on top of it? Ask students to write out their three body paragraphs just like they have practiced…Topic sentence…Detail 1…Detail 2…Detail 3…Closing Sentence. Students are on their way to five paragraph essays, so be sure to build their confidence.
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