Five Paragraph Term Papers: An Approach

Term papers are known to be long and includes number of pages. Now colleges and high schools assigned their students to express their thoughts through five paragraph term papers. Teachers assigned their students to five paragraph term paper writing is for them to test the capability of each student to express their ideas in a short form with regards to the discipline of making one’s term paper. Five paragraph term papers, as the name suggests is in a much stricter discipline as students need to compose their ideas in five paragraphs alone. This is considered as the simplest type as far as term paper format is concern.

Since it is much brief than ordinary term paper format, students need to know what consist every paragraph. It is also essential for students to each element that consists this type:

* First Paragraph – Here lies the introductory statement of the term paper. Usually this consists of thesis statement and brief overview of what the term paper is all about. Just like any term paper, the thesis statement is the crucial part wherein the writer needs to describe what he needs to prove in the whole term paper.
* Second, Third and Fourth Paragraph – Usually, the body of the term paper consists of three paragraphs. This will support the thesis statement declared in the first paragraph. Each paragraph must compensate every aspect of the term paper topic and clearly explains the writers point of view about his topic.
* Last Paragraph – This is where the writer will conclude his term paper. The writer should reinstate the thesis statement declared in the first paragraph. If he proved his point in the body of the term paper, the writer should reiterate the points that made him conclude his paper.

It’s a challenge for students to concise a full page term paper idea into a five paragraph form. What’s worse is to keep the interest of it’s readers from the start of the paper until it was finished. This can be solve if students will write their ideas straight to the point. Facts and information should be clear and precise. Most importantly, when writing this form of term paper, make sure that it will be written in active voice and use present tense in paragraphs. Scientific facts and statistical data will add spice to this type of term papers but stick to what the term paper is all about.

About the Author:

Felicity Russell considers writing as one of her passions. She works as a freelance writer for 2 years providing term papers for students and product reviews for a cosmetic company. Her forms of relaxation includes playing drums, visiting museums and national libraries and paraglides every now and then.

6 Responses to "Five Paragraph Term Papers: An Approach"

  1. woody188  June 4, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Might want to invest in some type of grammar checking software. There is a flagrant disregard for tenses. Some words are simply missing. Praise is deserving however for attempting to craft a five paragraph term paper about five paragraph term papers.

    Although this is probably just a spam post.

  2. uncledave  June 4, 2009 at 10:22 am

    The grammar, spelling, punctuation, and misuse of words in this article are shocking.

  3. CheckerboardStrangler  June 7, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I fear for anyone who has Felicity as a teacher, at least if their native tongue is English anyway.
    If it turns out her native language is Esperanto, then never mind, it’s all good.

  4. oceanika  June 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    This was an unfortunate post for Felicity, but I’m inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt. She makes an interesting comment, but it looks like she posted her first, stream-of-conciousness, draft. At least I hope it was a first draft. I’m afraid she’s too mortified to ever post again, but this sort of thing can only make one better – at least more careful.

    I don’t consider myself to be a writer, but as an engineer, I’ve had to do a lot of writing. Engineers are are often maligned by the liberal arts crowd as socially inept and semi-literate (which is sometimes true). I, on the other hand, come from both schools. Written and spoken communication is actually a vital component of an engineering career; if you can’t explain yourself coherently, you fail.

    So, I, in all humility, have cleaned up Felicity’s comment by applying the rules she advocates. I expect someone could have done better, but let’s see if this version makes more sense.

    Term papers that run-on for many pages have long been the norm. Now, colleges and high schools expect their students to express their thoughts using Five Paragraph Term Papers. Teachers who assign Five Paragraph Term Papers test a student’s ability to express their ideas concisely – a skill that requires more disciplne.

    Since this form is much briefer than an ordinary term papers, students must understand the essential structure of a term paper:

    • First Paragraph – This is the introductory statement of the term paper. Usually this consists of a thesis statement and brief overview of what the term paper is all about. Just like any term paper, the thesis statement is the crucial part wherein the writer needs to describe what needs to be proven in the whole term paper.
    • Second, Third and Fourth Paragraph – Usually, the body of the term paper consists of three paragraphs. This should support the thesis statement declared in the first paragraph. Each paragraph must address every aspect of the term paper topic and clearly explain the writer’s point of view.
    • Last Paragraph – This is where the writer concludes his term paper. The writer should re-state the thesis statement declared in the first paragraph. If he has proven his point in the body of the term paper, the writer should reiterate the points that support his conclusions.

    It can be a challenge for students to condense a traditional term paper into five paragraphs. It can be an even greater challenge to keep the reader’s interest from start to finish, however, it can be done if students write straight to the point. Facts should be clear and precise, but most importantly, when writing this form of term paper, make sure that it is written in an active voice in the present tense. Scientific facts and statistical data will add spice to this type of term papers but stick to what the term paper is all about.

    About the Author:

    Felicity Russell considers writing to be one of her passions. She has worked as a freelance writer for 2 years, providing term papers for students and product reviews for a cosmetic company. She relaxes by playing drums, visiting museums and national libraries and paraglides, every now and then.

  5. bryan mcclellan  June 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    That is the most constructive and truly graceful human response to another poster I have ever witnessed.
    Kudos to you Oceanika..

  6. psyopswatcher  June 8, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    When did high schools stop teaching the Five Paragraph Essay? Shame on them. Because they dropped the ball, college kids get the course their first semester–usually whether they need it or not.

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