3 Tips for Writing a Five Paragraph Essay

The five paragraph essay is the classic format for writing an essay. An essay is a literary composition to express an idea, a claim or concept that is backed up with supporting arguments. An essay follows a logical pattern. A five-paragraph essay simply follows this logic in a simple yet very clear way. It’s important to keep the model of a five-paragraph essay in mind, especially if you are beginning to develop essay composition skills. The following are three tips for you to quickly manage writing a five paragraph essay.

  • The introduction paragraph is to make the claim. The introduction is meant for capturing your readers’ interest and getting them involved in your essay. The introductory part should also include the statement of the thesis, which is like a mini-outline for your paper. Use a thesis sentence to make a claim of your main point. One other important trick is to include a transitional “hook” in the last sentence of this paragraph to move the readers to the body part of the essay.
  • The body is to support. In a five-paragraph essay, the body part includes three paragraphs. The first paragraph should contain your strongest argument, your most significant example, your smartest illustration, or a very clear beginning point. Include a “reverse hook” in the first sentence and tie it in with the transitional hook from the introduction part, and place another transitional hook at the end to tie in with the “reverse hook” of the second paragraph. The topic of the paragraph should be included in the first or second sentence. Repeat the same procedure with the second paragraph except the argument, example, and illustration, should be your second best ones. Likewise with the third paragraph which should contain your weakest argument, example and illustration. Also include a “hook” here to lead the readers to your final, concluding paragraph.
  • The conclusion paragraph is to summarize your statements. The concluding part should contain several things: an illusion to the pattern you used in the introduction part; a restatement of your thesis statement, using words that “echo” the original language you used, but without duplicating the thesis statement; a summary of your three main points from the three paragraphs in the body of the paper; and a final statement (which is also a “call to action” for a persuasive paper) to signal the readers that the discussion has now come to an end.