Template for 5-Paragraph Essay Outline
A Pacing Chart:
The second section offers three plans for pacing the fifteen steps of this writing plan. If your child is ready to write a paragraph, he/she is ready to begin the program. The first pacing guide is for elementary students. This guide starts slowly and helps you give your student plenty of time to master each of the fifteen steps.
The next pacing guides show you how to pace the fifteen steps for your middle or high school students. Because they are older, they can master the concepts more easily. Just follow the pacing guide and your child will have a solid foundation in writing well before they graduate.
Five Paragraph Essay Planning Sheet
Planning the Essay Introductory Paragraph • Introduces your topic and provides necessary background information • Captures the reader’s interest and attention.
Topic sentences are similar to mini thesis statements. Like a thesis statement, a topic sentence has a specific main point. Whereas the thesis is the main point of the essay, the topic sentence is the main point of the paragraph. Like the thesis statement, a topic sentence has a unifying function. But a thesis statement or topic sentence alone doesn’t guarantee unity. An essay is unified if all the paragraphs relate to the thesis, whereas a paragraph is unified if all the sentences relate to the topic sentence. Note: Not all paragraphs need topic sentences. In particular, opening and closing paragraphs, which serve different functions from body paragraphs, generally don’t have topic sentences.