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Introduction to the Five-Paragraph Essay

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of the five-paragraph essay form, a common requirement of high school and college writing classes.
Greg Brown, M.A. English Literature
7 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 2 learners
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75 minutes
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Meets once
year olds
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Class Experience

The key to successful writing is the preparatory work and planning before an initial draft. Students will learn how to brainstorm a topic on their own, develop a thesis, support that thesis with argument, anticipant criticism and write a satisfying concluding statement. They will learn the types of five-paragraph essays: expository, descriptive, narrative, compare and contrast, and persuasive argument. Finally, they will learn tricks used by professional writers to self-critique their own writing ahead of the final draft.
Students may wish to take notes on another screen or with a pad and pen during class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students who choose to write a five-paragraph essay and turn it in within five business days after the class ends will receive written feedback on their work.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students sometime use writing to explore personal or controversial topics. I encourage families to counsel their student in advance to select writing topics that are appropriate to share.


Greg Brown, M.A. English LiteratureExperienced Pro Writer and Editor, College Professor, Parent of High Schoolers
7 total reviews
12 completed classes

About Me

I teach students how to organize their thoughts effectively before writing; how to draft and redraft for clarity; and ultimately how to present letter-perfect essays and research papers at the level their regular writing teachers expect — and... 
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