Traditional College Essay





Break down one topic into three subtopic to fit the five paragraph model.


Paragraph 1:  Attention grabber and thesis statement (state topic of paper)

Paragraph 2:  Deal only with subtopic one

Paragraph 3:  Deal only with subtopic two

Paragraph 4:  Deal only with subtopic three

Paragraph 5:  Restate thesis and sum up









Sample Topic:



General Topic:  Time Management


Specific Topic:  Ways to Manage Time



Three subtopics:

                Study right before and after every class

                Use to do lists to prioritize

                Work on difficult subjects first


Thesis:  To manage my time better, I will study right before and after every class, use to do lists to prioritize, and work on the most difficult subjects first.




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