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5 paragraph basic Essay Outline Template

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Essay Outline Template (Basic 5 paragraph essay – no quote use)
I.
Introduction A. Introductory statement (starts broad and narrows down to your specific topic)
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Thesis statement (clearly states the main point of your essay along with three brief reasons supporting
your main point****these 3 reasons will become your topic sentences!!!***):
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II. Body
A. First Supporting Idea (Topic Sentence - TS): ____________________________________________
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1. Reason 1 to support TS ___________________________________________________________
2. Specific evidence (to back up reason)_____________________________________________________
3. Reason 2 to support TS ______________________________________________________
4. Specific evidence (to back up reason)_____________________________________________________
5. Closing sentence (tie the ideas in the paragraph together in one sentence, and make clear that this
claim (topic sentence) has proven your thesis.
B. Second Supporting Idea (Topic Sentence- TS): _____________________________________________
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1. Reason 1 to support TS ________________________________________________________________
2. Specific evidence (to back up reason)_____________________________________________________
3. Reason 2 to support TS ________________________________________________________________
4. Specific evidence (to back up reason)_____________________________________________________
5. Closing sentence (tie the ideas in the paragraph together in one sentence, and make clear that this
claim (topic sentence) has proven your thesis.
C. Third Supporting Idea (Topic Sentence -TS): ______________________________________________
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1. Reason 1 to support TS _______________________________________________________________
2. Specific evidence (to back up reason)_____________________________________________________
3. Reason 2 to support TS ________________________________________________________________
4. Specific evidence (to back up reason)_____________________________________________________
5. Closing sentence (tie the ideas in the paragraph together in one sentence, and make clear that this
claim (topic sentence) has proven your thesis.
III. Conclusion
A. Closing statement___________________________________________________________________
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B. Reworded thesis:____________________________________________________________________
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C. Broader implication (perhaps tie back to lead-in in intro):
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