Melcon Essays

 

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MEL-Con Multi-Paragraph Essay

MEL-Con works for writing the traditional five paragraph essay as well. After teaching students how to write good introductions to a multi-paragraph essay, instruct them how to use MEL-Con for their body paragraphs.

Suggestions for writing multi-paragraph essays:

Day 1

Show examples of how to write a good intro to an essay have students write theirs

Day 2

Show examples of body paragraphs using MEL-Con

Day 3

Have students work on their other two body paragraph outlines while you go around and check their first one

Day 4/5

Have students work on typing their essays

Day 6

Show students how to write a good conclusion

Day 7

Students complete their essays.

 The 5 Paragraph Essay

A Graphic Organizer to help you write the best essays possible

Paragraph #1 The Introduction
  • Use one of the five methods of writing an introduction (background info, your thoughts on the topic, real life example, creative example, personal experience)
  • Last sentence should be your thesis statement (this is what you're going to talk about in the rest of the essay)
  • Give a preview of your body paragraphs (set up the essay)
  • Sample introductions
Paragraph #2 First Body Paragraph
  • Use MEL-Con format
  • Use your weakest point in this paragraph
  • Use the MEL-Con paragraph organizer
  • Sample body
Paragraph #3 Second Body Paragraph
  • Use MEL-Con format
  • Use your weakest point in this paragraph
  • Use the MEL-Con paragraph organizer
Paragraph #4 Third Body Paragraph
  • Use MEL-Con format
  • Use your best or strongest point in this paragraph
  • Use the MEL-Con paragraph organizer
Paragraph #5 The Conclusion
  • Use a transition: AVOID using "IN CONCLUSION" OR "ALL IN ALL"
  • Summarize your three points from body paragraphs
  • Restate your thesis in a different way --- a "final" conclusion
  • Tie back to your introduction!!! (Make references to what you talked about in the intro)

Student Samples

Prompt: The local newspaper is awarding one teacher in the area as 'Teacher of the Year." Write a persuasive essay which explains why your teacher should win.

Prompt: Should you be required to take and pass a test in order to graduate from high school?

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