Five Part Essay
The five-part essay is an effective way to convey an argument to the reader or persuade the reader to take a certain action. There are two main ways to do a five-part essay, so let’s take a look at those ways.
First, you’re going to start out with an introduction. In the introduction, you’re going to have your thesis statement, which is basically explaining what your essay is going to be about. The rest of the essay is going to further explain that thesis statement.
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Then the second section is the narrational. In the narrational, you’re going to give the reader some background information, some additional information to help them understand your thesis statement better.
Then you have the affirmation. In the affirmation, you’re going to give facts, data, and details that are in support of your thesis statement. So, anything that supports your thesis statement, you’re going to put an affirmation.
Then you have the negation. This is where you put forth arguments that are against your thesis statement. And when you present an argument against your thesis statement, you’re going to do one of two things.
One, you can offer a rebuttal that takes away the credibility of the argument, or you can just concede and say, “I understand this argument is a very good one, and it may very well be true.”
Then you’re going to have the conclusion. This is basically a lot like the introduction. You’re going to have thesis statement again, maybe worded a little bit differently, and you’re going to tell the reader what you told them. You’re going to kind of wrap it up.
Now, the second way to do this is, again, you’re going to start with an introduction. Have thesis statement in the introduction. Now, in this way of doing in the five-part essay is instead of having the three different type of body paragraphs or body sections, this is the body, here, you’re going to have basically a three-part thesis statement.
The thesis statement is going to have three main facets to it. So, in each paragraph, you’re going to explain a different facet of thesis statement. So, if thesis statement lists three main arguments, in this paragraph, you’re going to talk about the first argument. This paragraph, you’re going to talk about the second argument, and in this paragraph, you’re going to talk about the third argument.
Then the conclusion basically sums up the points and restates thesis, but restates it maybe a little bit differently, not word for word.
Now, this differs from a five paragraph essay, in that in a five paragraph essay, it’s just what it sounds like. Five paragraphs. The introduction’s one paragraph, the body paragraphs take up three paragraphs, and the conclusion is one paragraph. So, the whole essay is five paragraphs.
Where in this case, in the five-part essay, each of these points merely indicates a section of the essay. So, the introduction can be several paragraphs, depending on how much information you have, or the affirmation, if you have a lot of good information, supporting your thesis, you could put several paragraphs for your affirmation.
And finally, a good way to remember how to set up a five-part essay is first, you’re going to tell them what you’re going to tell them. That’s the introduction. Then you’re going to tell them, and that would be in the three middle sections. And then finally, for the conclusion, you’re going to tell them what you told them.
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