Teachers can use these steps to teach students how to write a great five paragraph essay by using outlines and properly organizing thoughts, topics, and details.
These directions are written for students to follow when choosing a topic, creating a basic outline, and writing the essay.
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Step 1 - Choose a Good Topic
When writing an essay, it is important to choose a topic that is not too broad. For example, do not write about football. Choose something more specific, like football drills, the greatest football team, football equipment, football practice, etc.
It is important that you can think of three main ideas that …show more content…
The Introduction – Grab and Keep the Reader
While the writer might not ever be able to completely sway her reader, she needs to at least get the reader's attention right from the start. With an argumentative essay, one of the best ways to do that is to introduce a surprising statistic or summarize an interesting story dealing with the topic at hand. For example, if a student is writing about why people should not shop at Walmart, she might begin her paper with this sentence: • Did you know that Walmart is the world's largest company (Dube, Lester, and Eidlin)? Would it surprise you to know that the company is also one of the biggest employers in the world? How does that knowledge impact consumers? How would you feel if I told you that you should stop shopping at Walmart?
Not only does this introduction get the reader's attention, it also leads into the writer's claim.
Find Reasons to Support the Claim
Once the writer has laid out his claim for the reader, he needs to support his claim. Through his planning and research, he has likely found several reasons to support his ideas. For a strong argumentative essay, he will want to give at least three. Using the example topic above, three such reasons might be these •