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The Six Paragraph Essay for
Unit 2 Assessment
The Main Parts:
Introduction, Body, Connection and
Conclusion
OVERALL STRUCTURE OF THE FIVE-PARAGRAPH
ESSAY
Introduction: Tell them
what you’re going to
tell them.
Body: Tell them.
Connection to the Past and
Present
Conclusion: Tell them
what you’ve told them.
I. Introduction:The First Paragraph of the Essay
• The first paragraph of the essay is called the
introduction. In a non – persuasive essay, it about
three to five sentences long.
• These three to five sentences make up the three
main parts of the introduction.
• The three main parts of the introductory
paragraph are named as follows: the Lead-In, the
Transition, and the Thesis Statement.
A. The Lead-In:
a very general sentence or
sentences that simply introduce(s) the subject
(topic) of the essay.
1. Example: In the 1700’s, the citizens of
France were becoming discontent with their
daily living.
B. Transition: A Slightly more specific
sentence or sentences that identify/ies the
particular aspect of the topic that will be
discussed in the essay. In other words, the
transition narrows the topic.
1. Example: The king, Louis XVI, was
becoming more oppressive and absolute in
his rule.
C. Thesis Statement-Essay Map.
1. The Thesis Statement is the main idea of the entire
essay.
2. The factors in the three main ideas that will be
developed in the Body Paragraphs: in this essay, they
are: political, social and economic conditions in
France.
3. Example: In the 1700’s, the citizens of France
were becoming more discontent politically, socially
and economically causing the French Revolution.
II. The Body Paragraph: Three Main Components (needs
to be done for 3 paragraphs
A. Topic Sentence
1. The topic sentence is the sentence that
expresses the main idea of the body
paragraph, which is one of the three main
supporting ideas presented in the thesis.
a. Example: The citizens of France were not
being represented politically thus there was
discontent.
- DO YOU SEE HOW THIS SHOWS THE
POLITICAL FACTOR?
B. Supporting Details
1. The supporting details are the specific pieces of
information that clarify, explain, illustrate and
develop the main idea expressed in the Topic
Sentence.
A. Example:
1. For example, the King was not allowing
the citizens to have a vote in the Estates General.
WHAT DOCUMENT SUPPORTS THIS ?
THEN YOU MUST HAVE THE ANALYSIS- He
was also not allowing people to have a say in the
affairs of France. Thus the people decided to rise up
and demand a vote in government causing the
Revolution
YOU MUST DO THIS ATLEAST TWO TIMES
C. Concluding Sentence
1. The concluding sentence gives closure to the
paragraph by paraphrasing the Topic Sentence.
a. Example:
The citizens of France were unhappy with the politics of France.
Paragraph 5 - PAST TO PRESENT
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
You must have a topic sentence about the
form of government in France during the
1700’s.
THEN You must explain how it could cause a
revolution.
Connection to Current Event
Explain how the French Revolution has
shaped World History
Concluding sentence
Conclusion Paragraph
• Restate your thesis (this means you mix it
up…NOT copy)
• You add final thoughts about the French
Revolution/ government from the past or
today.
• Possible lessons learned by the French
Revolution.