The Five Paragraph Essay

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     You do not have to be a wizard to learn to write excellent five-paragraph essays. You do need some basic skill and practice. At this site, you will find the information you need to learn how to write the essay as well as some writing prompts to help you develop skill. With a little bit of effort, you will create your own written wizardry.

     Because the five-paragraph essay is a chosen vehicle for measuring a student's writing proficiency, it is essential that each master this patterned format writing to score well. As part of that patterned process, the student needs to develop specific thinking and organizational patterns that will aid in the timed creation of an essay that state and other testing is demanding. To help the teacher and to aid the student to succeed in this form of writing is the purpose of this site.

     Proficiency in writing the five-paragraph essay is not only important to pass the test, it is an essential first-tool-basic for research papers for all levels of schooling, and a simplified mainstay basic in writing reports within the professional world. Mastering this form is a first step to success.


The target audience for the resources of the site is grade five through early high school. Many resources referenced or presented here are excellent for all age levels. Some may need adaptation to be appropriate to individual needs. With the use of cut and paste and a word processor, this is an easy task. However, be sure to follow copyright guidelines and cite sources as is appropriate.


     Having a good example or exemplar is a fine way to help to understand just what is expected in good writing. Here are some. Examine them. Look carefully at them, and learn from them. When you have done some writing, compare your writing to one or more of the examples at an appropriate level to see just how your writing stacks up. If it does not, then note what is different and work on those things to make your essay writing better. Self examination and evaluation are necessary steps to becoming a competent essay writer.

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