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Five-Paragraph Essay

Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Course Description

Want to be published in The New Yorker? Vanity Fair? Your school's lit magazine? Your mom's annual Christmas letter? Well, you have to start somewhere. And that somewhere is here.

This course will walk you through the basics of the five-paragraph essay: we're talking argument, analysis, and descriptive to boot. From messy brainstorming to pristine revisions, you'll be creating a masterpiece worthy of, um, handing in to your teacher.

And hey, even if it doesn't get published, we have a feeling it'll at least get you an A.

Technology Requirements

  • Microsoft Office, Google Docs, or another word processing program
  • A scanner (or access to one)
  • All other work can be done via the Shmoop website.

Course Breakdown

    Unit 1. The Five-Paragraph Essay

    These 15 lessons will be your ticket to an A-grade (and grade A) essay.

  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • College Prep
    • Writing

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