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The key to writing a successful five paragraph essay

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One of the major educational challenges that students struggle with around the world is successfully writing a five paragraph essay. The key to writing this essay is to find the graphic organizer that works for students and that is helpful in organizing their ideas visually. Research has shown that the most basic and commonly used graphic organizer that is proven to help students to achieve writing essays is called the Four Square Writing Method.

The Four Square Writing Method is a simple graphic organizer used to teach students to write. It is primarily used to teach essay writing. Judith S. Gould and Evan Jay Gould developed this method in 1999 for primary school students. Today this method has expanded and is used globally in education in elementary school, middle school, and high school.

The Four Square Writing Method Graphic Organizer has four squares and one rectangle in the middle. Each square and rectangle represents a paragraph, totaling five paragraphs. The triangle in the middle is where the student writes their topic. The top left square is where the student writes their first detail. The top right square is where the student writes their second detail. The bottom left square is where the student writes their third detail. The bottom right square is where the student writes their summary.

By teaching and learning this method using this graphic organizer, it will help students in education, internationally and globally, to become successful essay writers. In order to master essay writing, students need to practice. The following educational links offer additional assistance and worksheets on the Four Square Writing Method:,, These links are helpful educational online tools:, To get started, click on the above educational links.



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