The Five-Paragraph Essay. You have to know the rules…. …in order to break the rules. Mrs. Griz English 9. Why do we have to learn how to write a five-paragraph essay anyway?. MCAS SAT English10 English11 English12 College Entrance Essays. Quotes :.
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You have to know the rules…
…in order to break the rules.
“A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in, not out.” –Virginia Woolf
“There is no room for the impurities of literature in an essay.... the essay must be pure—pure like water or pure like wine, but pure from dullness, deadness, and deposits of extraneous matter.” –Virginia Woolf
Q. Why is an up-side-down triangle used to represent an intro paragraph?
A. The intro moves from general to specific ideas.
Grabber (or Hook)
It is the last sentence of your intro paragraph.
It is the most specific sentence of you essay.
Topic or Subject
+ Statement or Opinion
= Thesis Statement
Example: Love is a powerful force which can add a sense of security, hope and belonging to a person’s life.
is a powerful force which can instill a sense of security, hope and belonging in a person’s life
The thesis is like the steering wheel of a car because it has the power to decide what direction the essay is going to go. More importantly, if your essay does not have a thesis than there is no direction. The thesis tells the reader exactly where the essay will go. For example…
Love is a powerful force which can add a sense ofsecurity, hopeandbelongingto a person’s life.
These are called:
Each Body Paragraph
must develop an idea
or a sub-topic
that supports the
Example: A sense of security is felt when someone loves you because, you know they will never leave you.
Reword the Thesis
Example: People need to be loved in order to have a sense of security, a sense of hope in the future and a sense of belonging.
Your conclusion must…
Grabber or Hook