Goldman brought in the necessary supplies for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then told us we had to make our sandwiches .
If you forgot to mention that you needed bread on which to spread the peanut butter, you smeared it on the plate.
Underneath your top slice of bread, is the filling for your sandwich.
These supporting sentences expand on the idea you present in the opening sentence.
If the 5-paragraph essay were good training for writing college-level academic essays, you wouldn’t hear so much carping from college instructors about the quality of writing from their students. We were 3rd graders, so of course, we didn’t do this.
Mature writers need to navigate choices rooted in genuine rhetorical situations. The extent to which we didn’t became apparent next class when Mrs.The bottom slice of bread is your concluding sentence.In this sentence, you pull all the information together for the reader by summarizing the content of the paragraph.Let’s just go ahead and kill the 5-paragraph essay at all levels, everywhere. The 5-paragraph essay is indeed a genre, but one that is entirely uncoupled from anything resembling meaningful work when it comes to developing a fully mature writing process. We can have essays that happen to be 5-paragraphs long, but there shall be no more “5-paragraph essays.” That just about everyone reading this is well-familiar with the 5-paragraph essay is a testament to why it needs to be retired, and by retired, I mean killed dead, double-tap zombie-style, lest it rise again.They cannot hope to develop unless and until we first undo the damage done.There will be some who want to defend the 5-paragraph essay as “training wheels” for the type of academic writing that will come later.You need to make a statement that you back up with the other sentences in the paragraph.As a basic example, a topic sentence that balances general and specifics might look like this: “Eating well can impact your health.” This top slice of the bread, this topic sentence, informs the reader about what she can expect to hear more about in the upcoming sentences.With strong topic, supporting and concluding sentences you can create a filling paragraph that gives the reader all the information she needs to understand the topic.Kate Beck started writing for online publications in 2005.