Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay


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Why is the thesis statement such an important element of any essay?

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1. Which of the following is NOT an example of a reliable source for an academic essay?

2. Which of the following should NOT be included in a formal essay?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The five-paragraph essay structure is widely used by writers. With these interactive learning assessments, you'll get a full understanding of why writers use the five-paragraph essay to effectively argue their thesis statements.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet combo will test you on:

  • Why the thesis statement is crucial in an essay
  • Why the five-paragraph essay is such a useful and widely used essay structure
  • Proper sources for essays
  • Dos and Don'ts for formal essays

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - understand the structure and purpose of each paragraph in a five-paragraph essay
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about English composition to answer questions about essay structure
  • Making connections - assess the importance of this particular essay structure

Additional Learning

To learn more about five-paragraph essays, watch the accompanying lesson on the Structure of the Five-Paragraph Essay. The lesson covers the following concepts:

  • Define the main components in a five-paragraph essay structure
  • Understand the purpose and uses of the thesis statement
  • Learn about the content of body paragraphs and how to properly use transitions between them
  • Know how to format the conclusion paragraph