5 Paragraph Essay Format & Expository Writing Rubric

5 Paragraph Essay Format

 

Paragraph 1            (Introduction/Thesis Paragraph)             

Hook/Engaging beginning

                                Three points written in 3 separate sentences

                                Topic/Thesis sentence                     

 

Paragraph 2            (Explanation of first point)   

                                Point one written as a topic sentence

                                Three or more sentences that support your point

                                Connecting sentence that sets up next paragraph

 

Paragraph 3            (Explanation of second point)            

                                Point two written as a topic sentence

                                Three or more sentences that support your point

                                Connecting sentence that sets up next paragraph

 

Paragraph 4            (Explanation of third point)  

                                Point three written as a topic sentence

                                Three or more sentences that support your point

                                Ending sentence

 

Paragraph 5            (Conclusion paragraph)                  

                                Restating of original topic sentence (beginning: In conclusion, Therefore, or As stated)

                                Supporting sentences repeats your three points

                                Conclusion/final sentence

 
 

Five Paragraph Essay TPEQEA Format

  • Remember to indent each paragraph
  • Write as though the person reading your paper does not know anything about your subject
  • Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence. That is the most important part of each paragraph.
  • The sentences that follow the topic paragraph can elaborate on stuff you already said in the topic paragraph.
  • Every sentence that follows the topic sentence in a paragraph  should elaborate on the topic sentence.
  1. Title (Topic)- What is your paper about?
  2. First Paragraph: Point- What genetic disease are you writing about? Give general details about it.
  3. Second Paragraph: Symptoms of the disease (Examples)- How is the disease inherited? Explain the symptoms of the disease, and the effect it has on the person who has it. Use examples.
  4. “Quotation” – remember to use a quote of an authoritative source somewhere in the paper.
  5. Third Paragraph: Treatments (Elaborate) – How is the disease inherited? Does it strike at a particular age? Is there a cure, or are there treatments?
  6. Fourth Paragraph: Effects (Elaborate) - Will this alter the lifestyle of the person who has the disease? How about the lifestyle of their family?
  7. Conclusion (Analysis)- Use a summary of topic sentences from each of the other paragraphs to create a final conclusion to your research.

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Expository Writing Rubric

 

          A:  Excellent

·                 Has strong introduction and topic sentence

·                 Presents a strong organization with valid examples and details

·                 Ends with a strong summary or conclusion

·                 Uses standard English and spelling conventions

 

B:  Good

·                 Same standards as above

·                 Some minor grammar and spelling errors

 

C:  Fair

·                 Has a good introduction, but weak topic sentence

·                 Has very weak organization and use of examples

·                 Provides a weak conclusion or summary

·                 Has some serious grammar errors that interfere with understanding of topic

 

D:  Poor

·                 Has a weak introduction and a very weak topic sentence

·                 Has very weak organization and use of examples

·                 Provides few examples or details

·                 Neglects to provide a conclusion

·                 Has some major grammar errors that interfere with understanding of topic

 

F:  Unsatisfactory

·                 Has a very weak introduction and no topic sentence

·                 Has almost no organization

·                 Provides no examples or conclusion

·                 Has major grammar and spelling errors that interfere with understanding of topic

·                 Illegible