Template for 5-Paragraph Essay Outline

Essay Template Description:

It’s important that students write an outline before they begin their essay writing. A solid outline is key to ensuring students  follow the standard essay-writing structure and stay on topic.

This is a simple template I have my students complete before they begin writing their five-paragraph academic essay.

The essay template includes sections for the following.

  • Thesis statement
  • Body Paragraph #1 Topic Sentence
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
  • Body Paragraph #2 Topic Sentence
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
  • Body Paragraph #3 Topic Sentence
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
    • Supporting Detail
  • Conclusion

Notes:

  1. I have put the third supporting detail section in each body paragraph in brackets, since it may not be needed if the first two points support the topic sentence sufficiently (this is my opinion).
  2. I have not put a blank field for the conclusion section, since the student is merely meant to restate the thesis statement in a fresh way and include a So What? idea that indicates why the topic is important.

Feel free to edit the essay template as you’d like.

Essay Template Downloadfive-paragraph-essay-outline-template.docx

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5-paragraph essay outline template

 

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4 comments on “Template for 5-Paragraph Essay Outline

  1. racheldwash@gmail.com (Posted on 1-23-2017 at 09:55) Reply

    Thank you. Love this template for my students.

  2. Mrs.C (Posted on 2-7-2017 at 12:17) Reply

    Thank you. I also love this template for my students

  3. E.Tika (Posted on 4-16-2017 at 22:38) Reply

    Thank you this template is very good..and I understand now

  4. Anonymous (Posted on 9-19-2017 at 11:28) Reply

    Thank you for the outline…. would you consider providing examples of topics ? Just a thought… Once again, thank you

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