8th Grade 5 Paragraph Essay

In 8th grade, my English teacher Mrs. Mauer told me that the word, "essay" strategically has five letters. Five letters means five paragraphs. I know five paragraphs can sound scary. What if the topic is not interesting enough to cough up five whole paragraphs? What if there's too much to talk about that the topic won't fit in five paragraphs? Well, taught to me in 8th grade or not, whenever I'm writing a basic 5-paragraph essay, I always go back to what Mrs. Mauer helped me learn. Here is a basic list of how to organize the structure of your essay in five paragraphs.

E 1st Paragraph: Introduction and 3-Point thesis statement
S 2nd Paragraph: 1st Point of thesis statement ---} THIS
S 3rd Paragraph: 2nd Point of thesis statement ---} IS THE
A 4th Paragraph: 3rd Point of thesis statement ---} BODY
Y 5th Paragraph: Conclusion

The Introduction: The introduction should include a setting-up sentence. This is the sentence that leads up to your topic. For example, if your topic is about your pet dog, your very first sentence or setting-up sentence could be, "I turned 13 when my mother came home with Shadow." And from there, you can continue giving background information until you say your 3-point thesis statement. Depending on what kind of essay you're writing and what kind of objective your essay is stating, your thesis should be relevant. For example, if you're writing a persuasive essay about why you have the best dog, then your 3-point thesis would be something like, "Shadow is the best pet because he was loyal, smart, and loving." If your essay isn't so much a persuasive one, but more of a informational one, then your thesis wouldn't necessarily be arguing anything, it'd just be telling a story and you'd back it up with the facts in your body. For example, "Shadow was loyal, smart, and loving."

The Body: You divide your 3-point thesis in your body, letting your first point be in the first paragraph of your body. Let's say you're writing a persuasive essay and so your thesis statement is, "Shadow is the best pet because he was loyal, smart, and loving." You'd write about how Shadow was loyal in your first paragraph of the body. You'd share memories of how you remember Shadow being loyal.

You'd write about Shadow being smart in the second paragraph, and you'd write about Shadow being loving in the third paragraph.

The Conclusion: In the conclusion, you'd sum everything up. You'd generalize your introduction, restate your thesis, and close your essay with a strong sentence stating how Shadow was in fact, a loyal, smart, and loving dog. Thus, making him the best pet.

9/30/2012 | Therese M.

Writing essay for middle school is the base for an essay on school in higher grades. These middle school essay topics can cover one to five paragraphs, so they don’t need to be too long.

Middle school essay examples include a variety of short essays such as narrative, persuasive and analytical. The middle school essay format is simple and fairly easy to work with on each of these styles.

To write a middle school essay outline the first step is to identify the type of essay you need to write. Usually Middle school essays topics are designed to focus very specifically on a single story or to delve into one particular topic.

The most common type of essay for middle school s usually 5 paragraph essay. Like most essay structures, the 5 paragraph essay uses an introduction, a body and a conclusion. It’s a nice, easy essay format to follow and allows students to focus on the topic they are writing about.

The Introduction

Your introduction is where you present what the middle school essay is about. The introduction will contain a thesis statement. A thesis statement or essay hook is usually one sentence that summarizes the main point of the essay.

The Body

The majority of the content will be contained in the body. In the 5 paragraph essay, the body is three paragraphs long. Each paragraph includes one supporting point that provides more information or proof about your thesis statement.

Transition each paragraph in the body into the next. Transition words work well for this and middle school essays are the perfect place for students to practice using their transitions and making sure the essay is easily read.

The Conclusion

The conclusion of a short essay should be the most memorable part for a reader. In the conclusion, you summarize the main points of the essay. The conclusion can summarize the introduction or thesis statement by rewording it.

Finally, before turning the middle school essay in, you should proofread it and correct any errors in grammar, spelling and readability.

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