How to Write the Five Paragraph Essay. Advanced Placement U.S. History Mrs. Burton, NBCT. What is the correct form for a DBQ Essay?. Topic Sentence with introductory paragraph Three supporting ideas or pieces of evidence Conclusion No paragraph with less than 5 sentences.
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How to Write the Five Paragraph Essay
Mrs. Burton, NBCT
First the teacher gives you a topic
You begin by preparing an outline or diagram of your ideas.
Write an essay about your favorite thing
Always start with a topic sentence.
This is the main point of your essay, your thesis statement.
It will have 2 parts.
The first will state the topic.
The second will state the point of the essay.
My favorite thing
is American History.
In your map or outline write three reasons justifying the topic sentence.
These are your sub-points.
They will head your paragraphs.
I love being challenged.
I love Mrs. Burton.
I love learning about my ancestors.
Use each subtopic as the topic sentence for the supporting points you wish to make.
Generally you will use 3 or less specific details or examples supporting each subtopic.
I love being challenged.
I get bored if I am not challenged.
I enjoy learning new things.
I believe education is power.
The conclusion is the end of the journey.
Every essay needs a strong conclusion.
Now you have completed your map for your essay.
You have a thesis, subtopics 1,2,and 3 and a concluding statement.
These are just three of the many reasons why I love American History.
There are three ways to use the words of others
Summary – condensation of the main ideas of someone else.
Quote – direct word for word quote which must be placed in quotation marks.
Paraphrase – retelling of an idea in different words.
Students who received top scores:
Made analytical and thematic use of most documents
Brought in significant outside information
Made only minor errors that did not detract from the knowledgeability of the essay.
Students who received lower scores:
Restated the documents with little interpretation
Provided little outside information
Offered no analysis
Had major errors
Simply paraphrased or restated the question.