The Five Paragraph Essay. a step- by- step introduction………. Why should I learn this essay structure?. Can be used for both informative and persuasive writing Incorporates many of the basics of good writing Speeds up the writing process because of its formulaic nature
a step- by- step introduction……….
The Five Paragraph Essay
If I wanted to write an informative essay on cool skateboarding tricks:
In the spring of 1975, skateboarding took an evolutionary boost toward the sport that we see today. In Del Mar, California a slalom and freestyle contest was held at the Ocean Festival. That day, the Zephyr team showed the world what skateboarding could be. They rode their boards like no one had in the public eye, low and smooth, and skateboarding was taken from being a hobby to a serious, exciting sport.
TAKEN FROM: http://skateboard.about.com/cs/boardscience/a/brief_history.htm
If I wanted to write an informative article on auctions:
Mike Cantlon remembers coming across his first auction ten years ago while cruising the back roads of Wisconsin. He parked his car and wandered into the crowd, toward the auctioneer's singsong chant and wafting smell of barbecued sandwiches. Hours later, Cantlon emerged lugging a $22 beam drill-for constructing post-and-beam barns—and a passion for auctions that has clung like a cocklebur on an old saddle blanket. "It's an addiction," says Cantlon, a financial planner and one of the growing number of auction fanatics for whom Saturdays will never be the same.
If I wanted to inform parents of ways to protect their children and prevent accidents:
Have a minute? Good. Because that may be all it takes to save the life of a child—your child. Accidents kill nearly 8,000 children under age 15 each year. And for every fatality, 42 more children are admitted to hospitals for treatment. Yet such deaths and injuries can be avoided through these easy steps parents can take right now. You don't have a minute to lose.
TAKEN FROM: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/intros.htm
A DECLARITIVE STATEMENT: In this pattern, the writer simply states straight out what the topic of his paper is going to be about. It is the technique that most student writers use with only modest success most of the time, but good professional writers use it too.
If I wanted to explain why people should consider attending a free concert in a public park:
If you attend a concert in a city park, chances are you’re less interested in the performance than in the whole package, in which the music, the weather, the general gregariousness and the spirit of the moment become inseparable.
TAKEN FROM: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/13/arts/music/13squa.html
A QUOTE: When a writer uses the words of another to help illustrate a point
If I wanted to write an informative essay on how to recover from making a mistake:
"You must never feel badly about making mistakes," explained Reason quietly, "as long as you take the trouble to learn from them.” -Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
GENERAL TOPIC SENTENCES
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