Structure of an Essay: Outline

 

This is an outline of what a five paragraph essay looks like. To view a "written text" version of a five paragraph essay/outline, click here: Five Paragraph Essay Sample and Outline.

 

I. Introduction

  • Introductory statements

  • Thesis statement

  • Introduce supporting ideas (optional)

II. Body

  • First supporting idea

    • Transition, topic sentence
    • Discussion, examples, and analysis
    • Conclusion (optional)
  • Second supporting idea

    • Transition, topic sentence
    • Discussion, examples, and analysis
    • Conclusion (optional)
  • Third supporting idea

    • Transition, topic sentence
    • Discussion, examples, and analysis
    • Conclusion (optional)

III. Conclusion

  • Transition, statement reflecting back on thesis

  • Restate key points

  • Ending statement that provokes thought (optional)

     


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