5 Paragraph Essay Outline Printable Worksheets


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The five paragraph essay is the basic writing standard for students to master.  It has a formula that makes learning it easy.

The structure of writing begins when students learn to form letters. The letters are then linked together to make words. The words are connected to make sentences and share ideas. To expand those ideas, sentences are grouped together to make paragraphs. As the ideas that we want to share grow, so does the format of the writing used to express the ideas. It becomes important that our ideas are organized and clear so that the reader is able to easily follow and understand what we wish to communicate. Hence, the development of the 5 paragraph essay format.

Here is one way to approach the 5-paragraph essay:

Once the main idea and three important points have been identified, along with a conclusion point, you are ready to flesh out more details for each paragraph. The essay has 5 paragraphs and each paragraph should have 5 sentences. The 5-paragraph essay started with a topic paragraph and each paragraph should start with a topic sentence. There is a pattern here: do you see it?

Introduction paragraph


Before you begin the first paragraph you must know what you are going to share in paragraphs 2, 3, and 4. Now is the time to brainstorm ideas for each paragraph.  Once you have determined the main points you will cover in each paragraph you will return to your topic paragraph to fill in the main ideas of the supporting paregraphs:

Body paragraphs:

Use the same format to brainstorm ideas for the third paragraph, then the forth paragraph. Once those are done you can begin on the conclusion.

Conclusion paragraph

In your conclusion you are going to summarize your thesis and rephrase the main topics and subtopics.

Get your ideas

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Write Your Sentences Worksheet

Paragraph 1: Topic Paragraph

1. Topic Sentence: This should have a “Hook” to grab interest

________________________________________________________________

2. Introduction to paragraph 2: Motivate the reader to keep reading

__________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Introduction to paragraph 3:  Introduce points of interest

__________________________________________________________________________________________

4. Introduction to paragraph 4:  Transition to thesis

__________________________________________________________________________________________

5. Conclusion/ Thesis Statement:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

 Paragraph Two

1. Topic Sentence:

________________________________________________________________

2. First Point:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Second Point:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

4. Third Point:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

5. Conclusion/ Transition:

_______________________________________________________________________________________

 Paragraph Three

1. Topic Sentence:

________________________________________________________________

2. First Point:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Second Point:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

4. Third Point:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

5. Conclusion/ Transition:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

 Paragraph Four

1. Topic Sentence:

________________________________________________________________

2. First Point:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Second Point:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

4. Third Point:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

5. Conclusion/ Transition:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

 Paragraph Five: Conclusion

1. Topic Sentence/ Restate the Thesis:

________________________________________________________________

2. Summary of points:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Evaluate points:

________________________________________________________________

4. Another evaluation of what you discussed:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

5. Overall Conclusion:

________________________________________________________________

Edit/Proof Your Essay

  1. Is your name on it?
  2. Do you have a title?
  3. Did you check spelling, grammar and punctuation?
  4. Does the essay follow the 5-paragraph essay format?                                                               A clear introduction with a thesis statement, 3 body paragraphs that include description and details, and a conclusion that summarizes the topic.
  5. Did you use powerful words that help your reader picture and understand your points.
  6. Are the sentences written in a variety of ways to make the essay interesting to read?
  7. Did your teacher give you guidelines for the essay? If so, did you check that your essay meets all the criteria outlined?

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