Easy Tutorial on How to Make a 5 Paragraph Essay

Writing five-paragraph essays is not difficult to master. Just use the step-by-step guide below, and remember that practice makes perfect.

Getting Started

  • Read your assignment carefully. Determine what you are expected to write about.
  • Write your thesis statement; it should be a single sentence that states the subject and purpose of your essay.
  • Break your essay topic into three sub-topics. For a persuasive essay, think about three main arguments; for expository, about three main aspects. A personal narrative about a memorable trip can be broken into: a) your plans for the trip, b) how it actually was, and c) your feelings about it. This step is important to write strong body paragraphs.
  • Make an essay outline. Write down your thesis statement, three sub-topics, and sketch a conclusion.


  • Craft your first sentence. Think of information that can grab the reader’s attention right away and is relevant to your topic. For example, if your essay is about the life-saving role of seat belts, you may begin by comparing survival rates of those who were buckled up when the car accident occurred to those who were not. Another option is a story of someone who survived a car accident solely due to his or her seat belt.
  • Add your thesis statement, and your introductory paragraph is done.
  • If you run into a writer’s block, put the work on your first sentence off for a while. Return to it after you write the concluding paragraph; it will be easier then.

Body Paragraphs

  • Use your sub-topics as ideas for your body paragraphs.
  • Write a transition sentence that links to the previous paragraph.
  • Write a topic sentence that states the main point of this paragraph. If you feel that your transition sentence is too short and makes no sense by itself, you may include it as part of the topic sentence.
  • Write one or two sentences that elaborate on the paragraph’s main point. They may contain pieces of evidence, reasons, or explanations.
  • Write a concluding sentence to summarize the paragraph.
  • Start your sentences in different ways, not only with the subject.


  • Paraphrase your thesis statement. Avoid simply repeating it.
  • Answer the question asked in your introduction.
  • Add one or two more sentences. Stress that you have proven your main point, or offer your solution to the problem discussed.
  • In your final sentence, make a powerful assertion about your essay subject based on what you have discussed above. Compose your final sentence so that it leaves a lasting impression.
  • Be confident and assertive.