Many students when transitioning from the 5 paragraph essay to the collegeessay express concern about what else to put in the introductory paragraph. Certainly, the five paragraph essay gives you a clear formula for whatelse to include in the introduction. However, to excel at collegewriting, students need to think about the function of the introductoryparagraph. Introductory pararaphs are designed to give readers apreview of the essay topic and introduce the writer's point of view onthe subject. You do not need to have one sentence in the introductionfor each paragraph in the paper. You simply need to give enough ofan overview of where you are going to give readers a sense of the overallarc of your argument. An introduction is kind of like a movie preview--ittells the reader enough that he or she knows what to expect, but it doesnot give a scene by scene breakdown of the movie.
The best thing about the Common Core Standards is that they are common (). That means, teachers, we have something to talk about to grapple with, and perhaps to argue about in a meaningful way. Do you hate the 5 paragraph essay? Think what I’m saying is wrong-headed? Interesting! Join the conversation. Educate me and not in the form of a 3-5. I’m listening.
Lesson 1: Thesis and the 5 Paragraph Essay Outline