Q. I need to write a 5-paragraph essay. What does that mean and how do I go about doing that?

Answer

Paragraph 1: Introduction

  • Introduce your topic, interest the reader, and make the last sentence your thesis statement.

Paragraphs 2-4: Body

  • All paragraphs should have a topic sentence that relates to your thesis statement
  • Back up your topic sentence with examples or evidence that support your thesis statement

Paragraph 5: Conclusion

  • Summarize your main points
  • Re-assert your thesis statement

Tips:

  • The reader should know your argument by reading the introduction and conclusion.
  • Make sure to cite resources from your readings that identify how it relates to your thesis.
  • A paragraph is about 5 to 7 sentences in length.

 

Find additional information about this topic in the Writing Guide.

  • Last Updated Jul 23, 2018
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  • Answered By Ashley Fyvie, Graduate Studies Librarian

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