I had to teach a Five-Paragraph essay during my student teaching practicum. This must have been the template I used with an example essay
Catchy title that relates to the meaning and purpose of the essay
Attention grabbing opening sentence. The topics of this essay are political blogs and literacy. Blogging is a relatively new phenomenon, but has spread quickly and has begun to influence many facets of American life. Tens of millions of blogs are in present use, covering almost every conceivable topic, from being an EMT in London to birding in Washington DC. However, political blogs are the primary concern here, what influence they have had on the American political scene, and how blogs fit into a modern definition of literacy. Thesis Statement.
First body paragraph topic sentence. First, I will attempt to define literacy. What does it mean, to me, to be a literate person and how do blogs fit into this definition of literacy Then, I will provide some background information on blogs and bloggers. Where did blogs come from, when did blogging begin, who are some of the more prominent political bloggers, etc. Also to be discussed is what, if any, effect political blogs have had on political campaigns, government policy, and the reporting of news concerning politics and political figures. In the final part of the essay I will compare political blogs to Gunther Kress=s Literacy in the New Media Age and Edward Said=s After the Last Sky, with the primary focus in this section on how political blogs fit with their concepts of literacy . As a means to simplify the organization of the essay, and also to aid readers in following the flow of my ideas, I will use a question and answer format, using individual sections to answer specific questions regarding blogs and literacy. Blogs even have their own search engine. Technorati, short for technological and literati, was created by Dave Sifry and has an index of over fifty-five million blogs. Members can search for information on any type of blog, create their own blog favorite list, and have a blog watch list that alerts them when blogs about their favorite topics are created.
Second body paragraph topic sentence. The word literacy has a wide ranging and far reaching definition; one that goes greatly beyond being able to read and write. Any dictionary or encyclopedia will define literacy in just that manner–the ability to read and write. But as we have seen this semester literacy is not a term that should be discarded so easily. Literacy begins with the ability to read and write. It continues with being able to give meaning to the words that we read and to the words that we write; being able to do either is pointless without comprehension. The current definition of literate person used by the U.S. Government is one who has had five years of school, basically anyone who has completed school through grade five. Is reading and writing at that level a high enough standard? Can an eleven year old child read and write well enough to compete globally or in the adult workplace? If the answer was yes then required schooling would end at the fifth grade instead of grade twelve. Blogs even have their own search engine. Technorati, short for technological and literati, was created by Dave Sifry and has an index of over fifty-five million blogs. Members can search for information on any type of blog, create their own blog favorite list, and have a blog watch list that alerts them when blogs about their favorite topics are created.
Third body paragraph topic sentence. Literacy is being able to read a restaurant menu and order food. Literacy is being able to take your thoughts and form them into coherent sentences. Literacy is looking at a price tag on a sale item at a store and figuring out for yourself how much that product will cost to purchase it. A literate person is aware and can talk about the latest news events, whether they be sports, entertainment, politics. A literate person can have conversations on a many different topics. Literacy is being able to read and to write; to give meaning and to take meaning from the words to the read and written word; it is being able to form thoughts into coherent sentences; it is being able to speak and listen when spoken to. Literacy is the practice of engaging and developing the mind on a continually basis and expanding its range of knowledge. In short, one who practices literacy is one who is aware, one who is paying attention, one who is engaging and living life. Blogs even have their own search engine. Technorati, short for technological and literati, was created by Dave Sifry and has an index of over fifty-five million blogs. Members can search for information on any type of blog, create their own blog favorite list, and have a blog watch list that alerts them when blogs about their favorite topics are created.
(Conclusion.) Restated thesis statement. The word blog is a portmanteau for the phrase web log and was coined by John Barger in 1997. A web log is a website in which entries are made in journal style and in reverse chronological order. It is called a log because everyday new entries are made, like a running tally of the blogger=s thoughts. Some blogs offer commentary on a particular subject, such as sports, entertainment or news, and other blogs act as online diaries, in which people write about happenings in their life or their intimate feelings. Strong statement to close essay.