Discuss the article: Man’s Best Friend: The Dog

Discuss the article: Man’s Best Friend: The Dog

or, The Five-Paragraph Essay

Your essay should be a minimum of two complete double-spaced typed pages.
All submissions must be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font. They should be double-spaced
and have one-inch margins. All papers should conform to the MLA style of format: refer to the
example listed in The Little, Brown Essential Handbook on pages 198-99.
1. Before you begin writing, decide on the topic you would like to write about. Then, formulate
the main point you would like to get across. This is your basic thesis.
2. Before you begin writing, decide on three pieces of evidence/support you will use to prove
your thesis.
3. Write your introductory paragraph. Place your thesis, along with your three pieces of
evidence in order of strength (least to most), at the end of this paragraph.
4. Write the first body paragraph. You should begin by connecting back to your thesis, then
focusing on the support of your first piece of evidence.
5. End your first body paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads to the second body
6. Repeat sets #5 & #6 for your second and third body paragraphs.
7. Begin your concluding paragraph by reminding your reader of the thesis, perhaps including
the three points you' ve used to prove your thesis. If it is not clear, tell the reader why your
thesis matters.
8. End your concluding paragraph with a statement of extension that will (hopefully) cause the
reader to look beyond what you have written. Avoid including any new evidence in your last
· Avoid using a general “you” in your essay. As well, avoid using the universal "he" or "man"
to represent all people. These words limit your audience by assuming a specific common
· Keep in mind, you are writing for an academic audience. Therefore, your tone, writing style,
language, and the presentation should be professional.
· Look at the examples of 3-pt enumeration essays online at The ATU Writer (on Blackboard)
to understand what a 3-pt enumeration essay should look like.


Academic LevelCollege (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)
Subject AreaEnglish 101
Paper Type Essay
Number of Pages2 Page(s)/550 words
Paper FormatMLA
SpacingDouble spaced
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