Essay Writing – Outline for a Standard Five Paragraph Essay

Essay Writing Outline for Five Paragraph EssayFollow this simple outline in your essay writing and you’ll be able to easily write a good standard five paragraph essay. This is the type of essay required for the GED Essay Writing Test.

Furthermore, most of the writing you’ll do in college or on the job, follows this five paragraph essay format. Sometimes it may not have five paragraphs, but whatever you are writing will always have an introduction followed by an explanation of your main ideas and ending with a conclusion. It’s kind of like a sandwich with the introduction and the conclusion being the bread. The meat of the sandwich (so to speak) is the development of your main ideas.

Keep in mind, in this foundational essay style, each paragraph should have 4-6 sentences.

Be sure to print or download your own outline, Essay Writing – Outline for a Standard Five Paragraph Essay.

Introduction

  • Thesis statement  (restatement of the prompt or the topic of the essay; what the whole essay is about)
  • 3 ideas (just state them, do not expand on them)
  • Wrap up sentence

 Middle Paragraph – Idea #1

  • Topic sentence (what the whole paragraph is about)
  • Development & Detail (a story, facts [listing stuff], evidence to prove your idea)

Middle Paragraph – Idea #2

  • Topic sentence (what the whole paragraph is about)
  • Development & Detail (a story, facts [listing stuff], evidence to prove your idea)

Middle Paragraph – Idea #3

  • Topic sentence (what the whole paragraph is about)
  • Development & Detail (a story, facts [listing stuff], evidence to prove your idea)

Conclusion

  • Restatement of the thesis statement (reminder of the thesis statement)
  • Restate 3 main ideas
  • Wrap up the whole essay (this could be only one sentence)

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