The Five-Paragraph Essay: Linking Paragraphs Worksheet

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Test your knowledge with this Five-Paragraph Essay Worksheet to practice the steps involved in creating this type of assignment writing. Ten exercises require you to work through different aspects of writing this essay type to strengthen your approach to completing it.

The Five-Paragraph Essay: Linking Paragraphs

Instructions

For the first five exercises, identify three key points or subtopics for the provided topic. Using those three subtopics, write a three-point thesis statement that makes the topic and focus of your essay clear. For the last five exercises, list three supporting details for each of the subtopics you identified in the exercise referenced within each exercise.

  • Topic: Your agreement or disagreement with Vince Lombardi’s statement, “Winning is not the most important things, it’s the only thing.” Explain your choice.

  • Subtopic #1 ____________________________________________________________________
    Subtopic #2 ____________________________________________________________________
    Subtopic #3 ____________________________________________________________________

    Thesis statement: ______________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________

  • Topic: Would you rather have a job you loved making $20,000 per year or one you hated making $80,000 per year? Explain your choice.

  • Subtopic #1 ____________________________________________________________________
    Subtopic #2 ____________________________________________________________________
    Subtopic #3 ____________________________________________________________________

    Thesis statement: ______________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________

  • Topic: Are testing and exams adequate measures of student learning? Why or why not?

  • Subtopic #1 ____________________________________________________________________
    Subtopic #2 ____________________________________________________________________
    Subtopic #3 ____________________________________________________________________

    Thesis statement: ______________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________

  • Topic: Identify your favorite leisure activity and the reasons it is your favorite.

  • Subtopic #1 ____________________________________________________________________
    Subtopic #2 ____________________________________________________________________
    Subtopic #3 ____________________________________________________________________

    Thesis statement: ______________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________

  • Topic: Who is the most influential person in your life? Explain your choice.

  • Subtopic #1 ____________________________________________________________________
    Subtopic #2 ____________________________________________________________________
    Subtopic #3 ____________________________________________________________________

    Thesis statement: ______________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________

  • Refer to the subtopics you identified in exercise #1. For each of the subtopics, list three supporting details.

  • Subtopic #1 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

    Subtopic #2 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

    Subtopic #3 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

  • Refer to the subtopics you identified in exercise #2. For each of the subtopics, list three supporting details.

  • Subtopic #1 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

    Subtopic #2 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

    Subtopic #3 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

  • Refer to the subtopics you identified in exercise #3. For each of the subtopics, list three supporting details.

  • Subtopic #1 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

    Subtopic #2 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

    Subtopic #3 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

  • Refer to the subtopics you identified in exercise #4. For each of the subtopics, list three supporting details.

  • Subtopic #1 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

    Subtopic #2 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

    Subtopic #3 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

  • Refer to the subtopics you identified in exercise #5. For each of the subtopics, list three supporting details.

  • Subtopic #1 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

    Subtopic #2 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________

    Subtopic #3 supporting details:
    Detail #1 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #2 _______________________________________________________________________
    Detail #3 _______________________________________________________________________