In an expressive essay, the main idea will be a personal experience, belief, or feeling that is meaningful to you.When you talk about restating the thesis sentence, tell students that they need to make it sound different enough from their original thesis sentence to save their readers from boredom. I enjoy teaching the closing thought because it’s so open to however students want to create it.Ways to write the closing thought: ask a question, personal statement, call to action, or even a quote.I researched the few grade-appropriate essays I could find online (these were the days before Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers) and determined that there was a structure to follow. I taught the structure to my students and they did well.I have been teaching five paragraph essay structure and everything that goes with it for a lot of years now.I marked every little error, I made notes for improvement and notes of encouragement. “Teacher Talk” pages will guide you through the unit and this unit contains all materials needed to help students plan, organize, and write amazing five paragraph essays!Click here to check it out: I have a freebie for you!I hope that after you read this blog post, you will have a good understanding of how to teach and grade five paragraph essays.Start with Simple Paragraphs We always start with simple paragraphs. Organize and Write the Body Paragraphs Please refer to my five paragraph essay organizer below.I do suggest having students write the introduction paragraph plus body paragraphs a couple of times before teaching the closing paragraph.Teach the Closing Paragraph In the conclusion paragraph, we mainly focus on restating the thesis and including an engaging closing thought. The introduction paragraph and body paragraphs are the gift and the conclusion paragraph is the ribbon that ties everything together and finishes the package. Students can change up the format and wording a bit to make it fresh.