Template For The 5 Paragraph Essay

Topic & Thesis

Use or adapt any of the following options to state the relevance of your topic:

 

Option 1: [My Topic] is relevant in [culture/society/academics] because of its impact on [paraphrase the importance or impact  of your topic.

 

Option 2: The study of [name branch of study] is incomplete without considering the important role of [my topic]. 

 

Use or adapt any of the following options to state your thesis:

 

 

Analytical Thesis:

An analysis of [your topic] reveals one/several challenge(s): [state 1 or more challenges your will analyze in the essay].

Expository Thesis:

The [your topic] has/includes/comprises of [first aspect to be discussed], [second aspect to be discussed] and [third aspect to be discussed].


Argumentative or Persuasive Thesis:

I believe that [your position for / against the topic], because [your reason in one sentence].

 

Essay Template Description:

It’s important that students write an outline before they begin their essay writing. A solid outline is key to ensuring students  follow the standard essay-writing structure and stay on topic.

This is a simple template I have my students complete before they begin writing their five-paragraph academic essay.

The essay template includes sections for the following.

  • Thesis statement
  • Body Paragraph #1 Topic Sentence
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
  • Body Paragraph #2 Topic Sentence
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
  • Body Paragraph #3 Topic Sentence
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
  • Conclusion

Notes:

  1. I have put the third supporting detail section in each body paragraph in brackets, since it may not be needed if the first two points support the topic sentence sufficiently (this is my opinion).
  2. I have not put a blank field for the conclusion section, since the student is merely meant to restate the thesis statement in a fresh way and include a So What? idea that indicates why the topic is important.

Feel free to edit the essay template as you’d like.

Essay Template Download: five-paragraph-essay-outline-template.docx

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