DEVELOPMENTAL WRITING
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Five Paragraph Essay: Guided Writing Worksheet

Levels P-A


Use this essay writing guide to learn about how to write a Five Paragraph Essay.
Read information on writing the three main parts of the essay: the Introduction, the Body and the Conclusion. Choose a topic from the list below to practice writing an essay.

Writing the Introduction 

Writing the Body 

Writing the Conclusion

Suggested Essay Topics


Writing the Introduction
The Introduction should have the following components:
  • The Topic Sentence: One sentence that includes the topic of the essay and your opinion/point of view about the topic
  • Supporting Sentences (2-3): Two or three main ideas supporting your opinion on the topic (one sentence for each supporting idea). You will need to discuss each supporting idea in the body of your essay.
  • Summary Sentence (optional): You may include a closing sentence summarizing your opinion/point of view. 
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Writing the Body
  • Use the 2-3 supporting sentences in your introduction to write the body.
  • Start each body paragraph with one supporting sentence from your introduction.
  • Use ideas, details and examples to complete each paragraph (4-6 sentences) 
Body Paragraph 1

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Body Paragraph 2

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Body Paragraph 3

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Writing the Conclusion

The last paragraph of your essay is the conclusion. The conclusion echoes the introduction and summarizes the main points from your essay. Use the suggestions below to complete your conclusion:

  • Summarize the main points from your essay
  • Give advice, make predictions, or draw conclusions
  • Check your introduction to make sure you emphasize the main points
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Suggested Essay Topics

Choose ONE of the topics below to write a sample essay, or go to More Essay Topics.

How will advances in technology shape the 21st century? Will the new technology bring positive changes, negative changes, or both?

What changes do you expect in the next 100 years? Will life be better?

What do you plan to do after you earn your GED?

Why did you return to school this year?

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