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In addition to 8-week online writing courses, Time4Writing provides free writing resources to help parents and educators teach writing more effectively.

The writing resources listed below are organized into seven main categories. Each category includes a selection of fun writing games, instructional videos, printable writing worksheets and other writing tools that are topic specific and related to each category.

If you think your child needs one-on-one writing instruction, Time4Writing offers individualized writing classes for elementary, middle, and high school students. Check out our related courses below to learn more.


Writing Skills

When children learn how to write, a whole world of possibilities opens up for them. They can put their thoughts down in a journal, write a letter to a friend, and create a story that comes from their imagination. While there are basic rules and formats to follow when learning how to write, writing can ... Read More »

Writing Sentences

We learn how to write sentences early on, and while this is a basic skill, it is one that we must learn to expand on as writing sentences becomes increasingly complex. Learning how to write impactful sentences is an important skill that takes practice. At Time4Writing.com, you will find useful tools to get you on the ... Read More »

Writing Paragraphs

In writing, students begin by learning letters, then words, and finally sentences. In time, students learn how to write a paragraph by taking those sentences and organizing them around a common topic. Learning how to write a paragraph can be challenging since it requires knowing how to write a great topic sentence, using supporting details ... Read More »

Writing Essays

When some students hear the word "essay" they may feel a little intimidated, but writing an essay doesn't have to be scary at all.  Essays take many forms, from answering a question on an exam to drafting a formal persuasive piece.  Learning the basic format of an essay and practicing often helps students feel more ... Read More »

Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Learning grammar rules and the mechanics of writing are critical components of learning to write.  Having strong skills in writing and grammar allows writers to get their message or story to their readers in a clear and understandable way.  It is important to know the rules of grammar and how to use them properly. Time4Writing.com is ... Read More »

Writing on Standardized Tests

While most students are familiar with weekly quizzes and tests, at some point, many students take a standardized test. Standardized tests are given to large groups and are kept consistent in the administration of the test, the questions on the test, and the scoring procedures.  It's important for students to prepare for standardized tests by ... Read More »

Teaching Writing

Teaching how to write effectively is one of the most important life-long skills educators impart to their students. When teaching writing, educators must be sure to select resources and support materials that not only aid them in teaching how to write, but that will also be the most effective in helping their students learn to ... Read More »

Essay Writing for Standardized Tests: Tips for Writing a Five Paragraph Essay

Most, if not all, high school and college standardized tests include a writing portion. Students are provided a writing prompt and must then write an essay on the topic. Writing for standardized tests can strike fear in the hearts and minds of students of all ages, but it doesn’t have to. If you know what to expect and understand how to write a five paragraph essay, you will be prepared to tackle any essay writing prompt.

Types of Essays on Standardized Tests

When you begin to write your essay for a standardized test, you must first decide what type of essay you are being asked to write. There are many different types of essays, including narrative, expository, argumentative, persuasive, comparative, literary, and so on. The type of essay will determine your topic and thesis. Essays for standardized tests are typically either persuasive, in which you will answer a question, or literary, in which you will write about something you read.

For standardized tests, students usually have to write a five paragraph essay, which should be 500 to 800 words long and include an introductory paragraph, three supporting paragraphs and a concluding paragraph.

The First Paragraph: The Introduction

The first paragraph will introduce your topic. The introduction is the most important paragraph because it provides direction for the entire essay. It also sets the tone, and you want to grab the reader’s attention with interest and clarity. The best way to tackle the introduction is to:

  • Describe your main idea, or what the essay is about, in one sentence. You can usually use the essay writing prompt or question to form this sentence.
  • Develop a thesis statement, or what you want to say about the main idea. When the writing prompt is a question, your thesis is typically the answer to the question.
  • List three points or arguments that support your thesis in order of importance (one sentence for each).

Voila! You’ve just written your introductory paragraph.

The Second, Third and Fourth Paragraphs: Supporting Details

These three paragraphs form the body of the essay. They provide details, such as facts, quotes, examples and concrete statistics, for the three points in your introductory paragraph that support your thesis. Take the points you listed in your introduction and discuss each in one body paragraph. Here’s how:

  • First, write a topic sentence that summarizes your point. This is the first sentence of your paragraph.
  • Next, write your argument, or why you feel the topic sentence is true.
  • Finally, present your evidence (facts, quotes, examples, and statistics) to support your argument.

Now you have a body paragraph. Repeat for points two and three. The best part about introducing your main points in the first paragraph is that it provides an outline for your body paragraphs and eliminates the need to write in transitions between paragraphs.

The Fifth Paragraph: The Conclusion

The concluding paragraph must summarize the essay. This is often the most difficult paragraph to write. In your conclusion, you should restate the thesis and connect it with the body of the essay in a sentence that explains how each point supports the thesis. Your final sentence should uphold your main idea in a clear and compelling manner. Be sure you do not present any new information in the conclusion.

Parting Thoughts

When writing an essay for a standardized test, outline your essay and get through each paragraph as quickly as possible. Think of it as a rough draft. When your time is up, a complete essay will score more points than an incomplete essay because the evaluator is expecting a beginning, middle and an end.

If you have time to review your essay before your time is up, by all means do so! Make any revisions that you think will enhance your “rough draft” and be sure to check for any grammatical errors or misspellings.

Online instruction like  the Time4Writing essay writing courses for elementary, middle and high school students can help children prepare for state and college-entrance standardized writing tests. These interactive writing classes build basic writing skills, explain essay types and structure, and teach students how to organize their ideas.

For general tips on test preparation and details about each state’s standardized tests, please visit our standardized test overview page.

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