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How to Use a Five-Paragraph Essay Example to Compose Your Own Paper?

Although human beings are great at following examples, it takes some skill to use an example to the best of its utility. Firstly, you should be able to have access to a well-executed example essay, but that is a subject tackled in another post. Here let us assume that you have found an excellent essay example and are now preparing to use it for your five-paragraph essay. You can follow the guidelines given here to make your essay great just by making your example work for you.

  1. Go through the example and find its constituents: read the example essay at least twice. This will give you an idea of how the paragraphs flow into and merge with each other to form a complete essay. On your second or third reading identify and separate the constituents: The main thesis or position of the author about the topic, the main points and where they are presented, the supporting evidence, the introductory line, and the call to action or closing line.
  2. Outline your essay: do not underestimate the power of a good outline! It is easy to make one once you have separated the example essay’s “ingredients”. Just replace your own thesis, major and minor points, supporting evidence etcetera for the ones in the example.
  3. Introduction: Replace the examples catch phrase for your own. Follow the pattern of the example to write the rest of the introduction. Repeat the same process with the body of the essay and its conclusion.
  4. Connect the dots: Write the last sentence of each paragraph and the first in the next one in so that they are in continuity. You do not want the reader to be distracted by disruptive pieces of information. See how the author weaved the paragraphs together in the example and follow their lead.
  5. Revise: Go through your essay now and see where you can make it better. Check the order of your main points. The most forceful and important point of your essay should be in the first paragraph of the body of your essay. Check the supporting evidence and arguments to see if these need to be tweaked.
  6. Proofread: Now that you have written a stellar essay with the help of an example, you do not want it marred by grammatical errors, punctuation mistakes, and misspellings! Once your essay is thoroughly proofread, it is good to go.

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