How to write a five- paragraph essay
An introduction provides a clear overview of your topic to your reader. An introduction should be around five sentences. You will provide some background information on the topic and end with a clear thesis that tells your reader what you will cover in your paper. For example, this paper will cover components of an experiment as well as identify and distinguish between dependent and independent variables.
Next you will share at least three main body paragraphs of content. This will be where you explain the content, share examples, and/or answer any questions. If you use outside research to support your ideas, you will need to cite it in a reference page and with an in-text citation. We do this by including the author’s last name and year of the document/article/book in parentheses (Poulos, 2018) after the sentence that includes the information we took from the outside source. The reference page will stand alone and will be the last page of your paper.
Finally, you will include a conclusion that clearly sums up the main points of your paper for your reader. It is a good idea to re-state your thesis here as well. Now you have identified the components of a basic five paragraph essay. All academic writing should follow this format.