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11 Rules for Essay Paragraph Structure with Examples ()
When I look back to my first experience teaching five paragraph essays to fifth graders, I can remember how terribly unprepared I felt. I researched the few grade-appropriate essays I could find online these were the days before Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers and determined that there was a structure to follow. Every essay followed the same basic structure. I taught the structure to my students and they did well. I have been teaching five paragraph essay structure and everything that goes with it for several years now.
Everyone knows that any text, article, and even blog posts require decent planning with proper structure and format. This is especially true with essays. An essay differs from other written assignments because of its freedom of self-expression. The main body of an essay is the most important part of the paper. The intro prepares the reader by giving general information about the topic and the main thesis to catch their attention.
The blueprint, typically found in the thesis paragraph, is a list of the topics you plan to cover in oder to prove your thesis. A useful blueprint will preview the relationship between all sub-points or at least list the points in the order they will appear in the body of your paper, before the paper launches into details about the first sub-point. Including a good blueprint will not only help your reader follow your argument, it will help your writing. If I have to plough read all the details about the subject of the yellow paragraph before I see even the first mention of the topics of the blue and pink paragraphs, I will have no idea where your argument is going.