“FREE” Easy Research Writing ‘Template’ For a Simple 5 Paragraph Essay
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Students who learn differently might find the attached “Research Writing Template” helpful when constructing their own 5 paragraph essay.
For a personal narrative, persuasive, or argumentative essay, students will find this basic outline easy to use. Simply fill-in the areas using their own data and information.
Remember, a persuasive and argumentative essay is an attempt to change someone’s opinion so students will look for research based on their own ideas and opinion.
Acceptable sources; use .edu, .org., or .gov for the most reputable information and citation purposes.
Instructions for completion of the Topic, Source, Response (TSR) Template
Please note: the bold areas are the directions for each part of the essay. I have provided instructions for each section. The “red” area is an example for each section.
Using the letters, T (Topic sentence from thesis statement) S (source quote or citation) R (your personal response to the source citation) students will label their paper first, then go back to fill in the areas.
Sample Working Outline
Below are instructions and a sample outline for completing a 5 paragraph research paper
1) Write the introduction
1st –Use an anecdote or interesting sentence to grab the reader’s attention. This would be a personal short-tale or informational statement. It should be relevant to the overall topic. 2nd Provide a statistic, argument or opinion from your research or information connecting the first sentence. 3rd Write a Thesis (last sentence of 1st paragraph) statement that connects to the 2nd sentence. Use 3 specific points (related to the statistic, opinion or argument mentioned above) to form your thesis. These 3 specific points will become the body of your paper.
Ex. Intro. (Anecdote) I was a good student up until last summer. Our family moved and I was sent to a year-round school. The local traditional school was already full and my town was enrolling the new kids into the nearest year-round school; the latest educational trend. From the sound of it, I knew I was not going to like it.(Give a detail about the topic) The year-round calendar still requires attendance for 180 days, but the days are spread-out over the entire 12 month calendar instead of 9 months. (Thesis) Enrollment in a year-round school leads to (thesis point #1) higher anxiety for students, (thesis point #2) does not eliminate loss of summer learning and (thesis point #3) does not improve test scores.
2) Write the body paragraphs
Body-Thesis point #1
Topic sentence: Repeat point #1 from your thesis in a well constructed and worded sentence.
Ex. Students become stressed while attending school because they miss going to the beach and other summer fun.
Support citation: From your research, use either a quote or paraphrase the sentence to support your point #1. Cite this reference immediately after you write it and be sure to add it to the “Works Cited” page right away.
Ex. An Ohio study shows that these class sessions are overcrowded and says, “By staggering students’ schedules, year-round schools can arrange for some students to be in session when others are on vacation” (Von Hipple 2007).
Response: This is your response statement based on the research from point #1.
Ex. Research shows that students are already overcrowded and must stay at school learning while their friends are on vacation. This scenario might find resentful students who are not willing to do their best.
Body Thesis point #2
Topic sentence: Repeat point #2 from your thesis in a well constructed and worded sentence.
Ex. The idea that year-round schools will eliminate the loss of summer learning, that some students might experience while out of school for ten weeks, has not proven effective.
Support citation: From your research, use either a quote or paraphrase the sentence to support your point #2. Cite this reference immediately after you write it and be sure to add it to the “Works Cited” page right away.
Ex. “We found that students in year-round schools learn more during the summer, when others are on vacation, but they seem to learn less than other children during the rest of the year” (Von Hipple 2007).
Response: This is your opinion or statement based on the research from point #2
Ex. Traditional and year-round students need to review the previous year’s academics when they start back at school. There are plenty of students who might be lethargic when beginning school again until they get back into the routine.
Body -Thesis point #3
Topic sentence: Repeat point #3 from your thesis in a well constructed and worded sentence.
Ex. Year-round schools might benefit overcrowding but do not increase test’s scores.
Support citation: From your research, use either a quote or paraphrase the sentence to support your point #3. Cite this reference immediately after you write it and be sure to add it to the “Works Cited” page right away.
Ex. Von Hipple mentions that students did perform better at first, but throughout the year did not make significant academic gains (2007).
Response: This is your opinion or statement based on the research from point #3
Ex. Educators who feel that less crowding in classrooms will equal higher test scores might be surprised to learn of this study and these statistics. Environment is essential for optimum learning.
Conclusion: Summarize your whole paper. Draw attention to your specific points of the thesis. If you feel something might need more research, discuss this in your conclusion. This is also a good time to reflect on your learning of the research.
Works Cited Page: **Tip** As you write and find sources, add the source to your bibliography, reference, or works cited page immediately. This will eliminate having to go back and try to find the page number or source.
Source for post sample.
Ohio State University. “Year-round Schools Don’t Boost Learning, Study Finds.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 August 2007. “http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070811151449.htm”>www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070811151449.h