35553 Layout

The 35553 layout means a FIVE-paragraph essay with three sentences in the introduction, five sentences in the second, third and fourth paragraphs, and three in the conclusion.

There are three paragraphs in the body because you should have THREE ideas (three is a magic number.) In each of the three body paragraphs you need about two or three examples and supporting information to back those ideas up.

Either

  • Introduction
  • For
  • For
  • For
  • Conclusion
Or

  • Introduction
  • Against
  • Against
  • Against
  • Conclusion

The example below could be for or against. Basically, you need THREE very good ideas and lots of examples to back them up.

Introduction: Three sentences
  • Present situation and/or Both sides of Argument (1-2 sentences)
  • What you are going to do in this essay / Your opinion (Thesis sentence)
Paragraph 2: Five Sentences
  • Topic Sentence: Argument 1 or Reason 1
  • Example, Explanation, or supporting detail (2-4 sentences)
Paragraph 3: Five Sentences
  • Topic Sentence: Argument 2 or Reason 2
  • Example, Explanation, or supporting detail (2-4 sentences)
Paragraph 4: Five Sentences
  • Topic Sentence: Argument 3 or Reason 3
  • Example, Explanation, or supporting detail (2-4 sentences)
Conclusion: Three Sentences
  • Summary
  • Present situation and your opinion
  • Future statement

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