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Subject: Writing

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How do you write a five-paragraph essay?

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A five-paragraph essay has an introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a closing paragraph. Your introduction contains a hook, background information, and finally, your thesis. Your hook is used to hook your reader so that they want to continue reading. Background information is used to give a little information to your reader that they need prior to reading your body paragraphs. Your thesis tells your reader what the body paragraphs are going to be able. Your thesis is written as "Big idea because reason 1, reason 2, and reason 3." Body paragraph 1 is all about reason 1. You start with a topic sentence, written as "Big Idea because reason 1." After your topic sentence, you will give an example to support your reason. You will explain how your example relates to your reason. You will give three different examples for your reason. Between each example, you will give use a transition. After you've given three examples for your first reason, you will write a transition to go to your next reason. Your second body paragraph follows the same format. You start with a topic sentence "Big Idea because reason 2." You then do example one, example one reason, transition, example two, example two reason, transition, example three, example three reason, transition to body paragraph three. Your third and final body paragraph follows the same format. You open with a topic sentence written as " Big idea because reason three." You then give three examples of evidence that support your third reason. Your closing paragraph is to wrap up your thoughts. Restate your thesis in a different way, to make sure you've addressed every part of your thesis in your body paragraphs. You end your closing paragraph with an interesting fact or a reason why your thesis is important. And there you have it! A completed five-paragraph essay!

Subject: Literature

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What is the difference between main idea and theme?

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The main idea is what the book or story is mainly about. It focuses entirely on the story. The theme is the message, lesson, or moral that is in the book or story. The theme is larger than just the realm of the story, branching out into the real world with its message. When looking for the main idea, there are important questions you can ask yourself to determine what the main idea is for the story you're reading. First, what is the book about, or what is the topic? Is the book fiction or nonfiction? What details in the story tell you what the main idea is? The theme may be harder to find than the main idea. The theme may be directly stated, or it might just be suggested. When reading, think about how the characters reacted to obstacles that arose. What important decisions did the characters make? What did the characters learn? Some common themes are acceptance, courage, perseverance, cooperation, compassion, honesty, kindness, loyalty, growing up, love, and good vs. evil.

Subject: English

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What is the difference between writing the plot of a story, and writing a summary?

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The plot charts out the most important aspects of a story, typically broken into three or five parts. If the plot is broken into three parts, then it consists of the beginning, middle, and end. As a reader, you would go through the story and pick out the most important aspects of the story in a handful of sentences. If the plot is broken into five parts, then it contains the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Exposition is the beginning of the story, where important characters are introduced. Rising action leads from the beginning to the climax of the story. The climax is the most intense part of a story, and this is where the conflict introduced in the exposition and rising action is resolved. Following the climax is the falling action, leading to the resolution of the story, meaning the end. On the other hand, a summary is describing the main points of the entire story in about five or so sentences, condensing down the entire story into just a few sentences of the most vitally important information.

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