How To Write A 5 Paragraph Essay For College: General Guidelines
If you are tasked with writing a five paragraph essay for your college class, there are a few general guidelines that you should follow.
The five paragraph essay is one of the most rudimentary essays that you will come across during your academic career. The five paragraph essay is one which focuses on a very distinct points followed by three pieces of evidence or three arguments supported by evidence. The five paragraph essay consists of, as the name would suggest, by paragraph. The first paragraph serves as the introductory paragraph. This is the paragraph which contains your thesis statement. It is responsible for hooking the attention of your reader. It is the paragraph where you introduce your topic and explain to the reader what three arguments you will be presenting in the body of your text.
The body paragraphs should each represent one argument. You should never present more than one argument in one paragraph. This means that you should have three key arguments, supported by three distinct collections of evidence. For your body paragraphs you need to include a topic sentence at the beginning, something which introduces the content of the paragraph, as well as a transitional statement at the end of the paragraph, something which allows the reader to easily transition into the next body paragraph. Obviously for the first body paragraph your topic sentence transitions from the introduction and the final body paragraph has a transitional statement that moves the reader into the conclusion.
The conclusion represents the final of the five paragraph. The conclusion works in tandem with the introduction to form a frame around your argument. The conclusion should wrap up the argument and present to the reader all of the points that you made in the body paragraphs. It should remind the reader what information you presented and why your argument was sound. When the reader finishes the conclusion they should be reminded of what you just presented within the body.
Remember that the introduction and conclusion both should contain approximately one sentence for each of the body paragraphs. They should have a topic sentence, a sentence for each of the body paragraphs, and a final sentence. The difference between the introduction and conclusion is that the introduction will introduce the content while the conclusion summarizes what content was presented, while also restating what evidence was presented in the body, something that the introduction does not do.