During this phase of the 5 paragraph essay outline, it is essential to bear in mind that good transitional words are important and required. Such words link a paragraph to another and guarantees continuity on the side of the reader. In addition, appropriate beginnings are needed as it captures the reader’s attention. In addition to that’s the fact that an essay ought to be error free and grammatically correct. Wrong spellings must be checked and corrected. Finally, one’s conclusion paragraph should easily leave a reader something to remember.
So, this is an important discussion. I really did think the 5-paragraph essay had been torched and buried long ago. However, during my last writing unit I found that’s exactly what I was teaching. This is what happens when you feel compelled to follow a script, even when you know better! So, how not to do this or how to teach this as one of many ways to write an essay? That will be part of the classroom research I am planning to do this semester as I plunge into our next unit on argument writing with research. By teaching the 5-paragraph essay as one way, though not the best way, to write essays I can cover myself AND still teach my students well. I will be writing alongside my students, which will be an eye-opener. I am hopefully going to stay one step ahead…I am planning to blog about it starting this week, so if you’d like to start a conversation with me come over to my blog at . This comment may well be my first post about this topic. Thanks, Brian for getting the conversation started.
The first sentence of the concluding paragraph uses the principal words from the quotations from each paragraph of the body of the paper. This summarizes those three paragraphs. The second and third sentences provide observations which can also be considered a summary, not only of the content of the paper, but also offers personal opinion which was logically drawn as the result of this study. The last sentence returns to the Edgar Allan Poe-Stephen King relationship that began this paper. This sentence also provides a "wrap-up" and gives the paper a sense of finality.