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Five paragraph essay

The five paragraph essay is mostly used to help students learn how to organize their thoughts in a systematic. It can also be a very useful way to write a complete and clear response to an essay question on an exam. The essay has five paragraphs as stipulated below:

  • an introduction
  • three main body paragraphs
  • a conclusion



Introduction Paragraph

The introductory paragraph must be captivating to motivate the reader to go through the entire essay. Start it with something interesting and at the same time, related to your topic. The introductory paragraph should also include the thesis statement, a kind of mini-outline for the paper: it tells the reader what the essay is about. The last sentence in introduction must contain a transitional “catch” which moves the reader to the first paragraph of the body of the essay.


Body — First paragraph:

The first paragraph contains the strongest argument. The first sentence of this paragraph should include the “reverse catch” which ties in with the transitional hook at the end of the introductory paragraph. The main points for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. Always remember to relate it to the Thesis Statement. Just like the introduction, the last sentence must also have a transitional “catch” related to the  second paragraph of the body.

Body — Second paragraph:

This paragraph contains the second strongest argument  i.e, second most important example, illustration, or follow up of the first paragraph in the body. The first paragraph needs to include the reverse catch which connects it with the transitional catch at the end of the first paragraph of the body. The last paragraph must also include a transitional catch to connect to the third paragraph of the body.

Body — Third paragraph:

This paragraph contains the least strong point among all the others.. The topic for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. Like the other first two paragraphs, the topic should also relate to Thesis Statement. The last sentence should prepare the reader to know that it is the last major point being made in the paper and should also connect to the concluding paragraph.


Concluding paragraph:

This concluding paragraph includes the following:

  1. A reference that was used in the introduction paragraph.
  2. Restatement of the Thesis Statement
  3. Summary of the three main paragraphs.
  4. Final statement that shows the reader the end of discussion.