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Essential Things to Know What a three pronged thesis looks like How the three prongs relate to the body (middle) paragraphs What an introduction looks like What a conclusion looks like How everything fits together to form a five paragraph essay The problems in getting to the theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. I am a movie fanatic. When friends want to know what picture won the Oscar in 1980 or who played the police chief in Jaws, they ask me. My friends, though, have stopped asking me if I want to go out to the movies. First of all, just getting to the theater presents difficulties. Leaving a home equipped with a TV and a video recorder isn't an attractive idea on a humid, cold, or rainy night. Even if the weather cooperates, there is still a thirty-minute drive to the theater down a congested highway, followed by the hassle of looking for a parking space. And then there are the lines. After hooking yourself to the end of a human chain, you worry about whether there will be enough tickets, whether you will get seats together, and whether many people will sneak into the line ahead of you. The problems in getting to the theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. I am a movie fanatic. When friends want to know what picture won the Oscar in 1980 or who played the police chief in Jaws, they ask me. My friends, though, have stopped asking me if I want to go out to the movies. First of all, just getting to the theater presents difficulties. Leaving a home equipped with a TV and a video recorder isn't an attractive idea on a humid, cold, or rainy night. Even if the weather cooperates, there is still a thirty-minute drive to the theater down a congested highway, followed by the hassle of looking for a parking space. And then there are the lines. After hooking yourself to the end of a human chain, you worry about whether there will be enough tickets, whether you will get seats together, and whether many people will sneak into the line ahead of you. The first paragraph is the introduction... The problems in getting to the theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. I am a movie fanatic. When friends want to know what picture won the Oscar in 1980 or who played the police chief in Jaws, they ask me. My friends, though, have stopped asking me if I want to go out to the movies. First of all, just getting to the theater presents difficulties. Leaving a home equipped with a TV and a video recorder isn't an attractive idea on a humid, cold, or rainy night. Even if the weather cooperates, there is still a thirty-minute drive to the theater down a congested highway, followed by the hassle of looking for a parking space. And then there are the lines. After hooking yourself to the end of a human chain, you worry about whether there will be enough tickets, whether you will get seats together, and whether many people will sneak into the line ahead of you. This is the three prong thesis... The problems in getting to the theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. Prong 1— Prong 2— Prong 3— The problems in getting to the theater theater itself the behavior of some patrons reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. Thesis Statement— the The problems in getting to the theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. I am a movie fanatic. When friends want to know what picture won the Oscar in 1980 or who played the police chief in Jaws, they ask me. My friends, though, have stopped asking me if I want to go out to the movies. First of all, just getting to the theater presents difficulties. Leaving a home equipped with a TV and a video recorder isn't an attractive idea on a humid, cold, or rainy night. Even if the weather cooperates, there is still a thirty-minute drive to the theater down a congested highway, followed by the hassle of looking for a parking space. And then there are the lines. After hooking yourself to the end of a human chain, you worry about whether there will be enough tickets, whether you will get seats together, and whether many people will sneak into the line ahead of you. The second paragraph is all about the first prong... The problems in getting to the theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. Prong 1— Prong 2— Prong 3— The problems in getting to the theater theater itself the behavior of some patrons reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. Thesis Statement— the First of all, just getting to the theater presents difficulties. Leaving a home equipped with a TV and a video recorder isn't an attractive idea on a humid, cold, or rainy night. Even if the weather cooperates, there is still a thirty-minute drive to the theater down a congested highway, followed by the hassle of looking for a parking space. And then there are the lines. After hooking yourself to the end of a human chain, you worry about whether there will be enough tickets, whether you will get seats together, and whether many people will sneak into the line ahead of you. Everything in the second paragraph supports the first prong... First of all, just getting to the theater presents difficulties. Leaving a home equipped with a TV and a video recorder isn't an attractive idea on a humid, cold, or rainy night. Even if the weather cooperates, there is still a thirty-minute drive to the theater down a congested highway, followed by the hassle of looking for a parking space. And then there are the lines. After hooking yourself to the end of a human chain, you worry about whether there will be enough tickets, whether you will get seats together, and whether many people will sneak into the line ahead of you. Support 1—leaving home not good idea on hot, cold, or rainy night Support 2—there is a 30 minute drive to the theater on a busy highway, followed by hassle of looking for a place to park Support 3—you have to wait in line Support 4—will there be enoguh tickets? Will you all be able to sit by each other? Support 5—will people cut into the line ahead of you? Once you have made it to the box office and gotten your tickets, you are confronted with the problems of the theater itself. If you are in one of the run-down older theaters, you must adjust to the musty smell of seldom-cleaned carpets. Escaped springs lurk in the faded plush or cracked leather seats, and half the seats you sit in seem loose or tilted so that you sit at a strange angle. The newer twin and quad theaters offer their own problems. Sitting in an area only one-quarter the size of a regular theater, moviegoers often have to put up with the sound of the movie next door. Everything in the third paragraph supports the second prong... This is especially jarring when the other movie involves racing cars or a karate war and you are trying to enjoy a quiet love story. And whether the theater is old or new, it will have floors that seem to be coated with rubber cement. By the end of a movie, shoes almost have to be pried off the floor because they have become sealed to a deadly compound of spilled soda, hardening bubble gum, and crushed Ju-Jubes. The problems in getting to the theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. Prong 1— Prong 2— Prong 3— The problems in getting to the theater theater itself the behavior of some patrons reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. Thesis Statement— the Once you have made it to the box office and gotten your tickets, you are confronted with the problems of the theater itself. If you are in one of the run-down older theaters, you must adjust to the musty smell of seldom-cleaned carpets. Escaped springs lurk in the faded plush or cracked leather seats, and half the seats you sit in seem loose or tilted so that you sit at a strange angle. Support 1—old theaters smell of seldom-cleaned carpets Support 2—the seats have springs sticking out of them Support 3—the seats are loose or tilted Once you have made it to the box office and gotten your tickets, you are confronted with the problems of the theater itself. ...The newer twin and quad theaters offer their own problems. Sitting in an area only one-quarter the size of a regular theater, moviegoers often have to put up with the sound of the movie next door. This is especially jarring when the other movie involves racing cars or a karate war and you are trying to enjoy a quiet love story. Support 4—new smaller theaters let sound in from other movies Support 5—the let in sounds can effect the enjoyment of quiet moments in your movie Once you have made it to the box office and gotten your tickets, you are confronted with the problems of the theater itself. ... And whether the theater is old or new, it will have floors that seem to be coated with rubber cement. By the end of a movie, shoes almost have to be pried off the floor because they have become sealed to a deadly compound of spilled soda, hardening bubble gum, and crushed Ju-Jubes. Support 6—the floors seem to be coated with rubber cement and you have to pry your shoes off the floor Some of the patrons are even more of a problem than the theater itself. Little kids race up and down the aisles, usually in giggling packs. Teenagers try to impress their friends by talking back to the screen, whistling, and making what they consider to be hilarious noises. Adults act as if they were at home in their own living rooms and comment loudly on the ages of the stars or why movies aren't as good anymore. And people of all ages crinkle candy wrappers, stick gum on their seats, and drop popcorn tubs or cups of crushed ice and soda on the floor. Everything in the fourth paragraph supports the third prong... They also cough and burp, squirm endlessly in their seats, file out for repeated trips to the rest rooms or concession stand, and elbow you out of the armrest on either side of your seat. The problems in getting to the theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. Prong 1— Prong 2— Prong 3— The problems in getting to the theater theater itself the behavior of some patrons reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. Thesis Statement— the Some of the patrons are even more of a problem than the theater itself. Little kids race up and down the aisles, usually in giggling packs. Teenagers try to impress their friends by talking back to the screen, whistling, and making what they consider to be hilarious noises. Adults act as if they were at home in their own living rooms and comment loudly on the ages of the stars or why movies aren't as good anymore. And people of all ages crinkle candy wrappers, stick gum on their seats, and drop popcorn tubs or cups of crushed ice and soda on the floor. They also cough and burp, squirm endlessly in their seats, file out for repeated trips to the rest rooms or concession stand, and elbow you out of the armrest on either side of your seat. Support 1—little kids make noise and run up and down the aisles Support 2—teenagers talk back to the screen and make noises to be funny Support 3—adults also make comments to the people near them Support 4—people make a mess (candy, pop, gum, etc) Support 5—people cough, burp, squirm, get up and down, and steal your armrest on both sides After arriving home from the movies one night, I decided that I was not going to be a moviegoer anymore. I was tired of the problems involved in getting to the movies and dealing with the theater itself and some of the patrons. The next day I arranged to have cable TV service installed in my home. I may now see movies a bit later than other people, but I'll be more relaxed watching box office hits in the comfort of my own living room. The last (fifth) paragraph is the conclusion After arriving home from the movies one night, I decided that I was not going to be a moviegoer anymore. Transition into the last paragraph After arriving home from the movies one night, I decided that I was not going to be a moviegoer anymore. I was tired of the problems involved in getting to the movies and dealing with the theater itself and some of the patrons. The next day I arranged to have cable TV service installed in my home. I may now see movies a bit later than other people, but I'll be more relaxed watching box office hits in the comfort of my own living room. A review of the three prongs After arriving home from the movies one night, I decided that I was not going to be a moviegoer anymore. I was tired of the problems involved in getting to the movies and dealing with the theater itself and some of the patrons. The next day I arranged to have cable TV service installed in my home. I may now see movies a bit later than other people, but I'll be more relaxed watching box office hits in the comfort of my own living room. A final, concluding thought on the essay Introduction (paragraph #1) a. Attention getter— I am a movie fanatic. When friends want to know what picture won the Oscar in 1980 or who played the police chief in Jaws, they ask me. b. Transition sentence—My friends, though, have stopped asking me if I want to go out to the movies. c. Three-Prong Thesis—The problems in getting to the theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV. II. Support for First Prong (paragraph #2) a) Topic sentence (first prong)— First of all, just getting to the theater presents difficulties. b) Support #1 for first prong—Leaving a home equipped with a TV and a video recorder isn't an attractive idea on a humid, cold, or rainy night. c) Support #2 for first prong—Even if the weather cooperates, there is still a thirty-minute drive to the theater down a congested highway, followed by the hassle of looking for a parking space. d) Support #3 for first prong—And then there are the lines. After hooking yourself to the end of a human chain, you worry about whether there will be enough tickets, whether you will get seats together, and whether many people will sneak into the line ahead of you. III. Support for Second Prong (paragraph #3) a) Topic sentence (second prong)— Once you have made it to the box office and gotten your tickets, you are confronted with the problems of the theater itself. b) Support #1 for second prong If you are in one of the run-down older theaters, you must adjust to the musty smell of seldom- cleaned carpets. Escaped springs lurk in the faded plush or cracked leather seats, and half the seats you sit in seem loose or tilted so that you sit at a strange angle. c) Support #2 for second prong The newer twin and quad theaters offer their own problems. Sitting in an area only one-quarter the size of a regular theater, moviegoers often have to put up with the sound of the movie next door. This is especially jarring when the other movie involves racing cars or a karate war and you are trying to enjoy a quiet love story. d) Support #3 for second prong And whether the theater is old or new, it will have floors that seem to be coated with rubber cement. By the end of a movie, shoes almost have to be pried off the floor because they have become sealed to a deadly compound of spilled soda, hardening bubble gum, and crushed Ju-Jubes. IV. Support for Third Prong (paragraph #4) a) Topic sentence (third prong)— Some of the patrons are even more of a problem than the theater itself. b) Support #1 for third prong—Little kids race up and down the aisles, usually in giggling packs. c) Support #2 for third prong—Teenagers try to impress their friends by talking back to the screen, whistling, and making what they consider to be hilarious noises. d) Support #3 for third prong—Adults act as if they were at home in their own living rooms and comment loudly on the ages of the stars or why movies aren't as good anymore. e) Support #4 for third prong—And people of all ages crinkle candy wrappers, stick gum on their seats, and drop popcorn tubs or cups of crushed ice and soda on the floor. f) Support #5 for third prong—They also cough and burp, squirm endlessly in their seats, file out for repeated trips to the rest rooms or concession stand, and elbow you out of the armrest on either side of your seat. V. Conclusion (paragraph #5) a) Transition sentence—After arriving home from the movies one night, I decided that I was not going to be a moviegoer anymore. b) Review of Three Prongs—I was tired of the problems involved in getting to the movies and dealing with the theater itself and some of the patrons. c) Final Thoughts—The next day I arranged to have cable TV service installed in my home. I may now see movies a bit later than other people, but I'll be more relaxed watching box office hits in the comfort of my own living room. Essential Things to Know Take out a sheet of paper and write “Essential Five Paragraph Essay Facts” on the top Essential Things to Know What a three pronged thesis looks like: Your thesis statement (what you are talking about) + Your three prongs (support for your thesis) in parallel form Essential Things to Know How the three prongs relate to the body (middle) paragraphs Each prong gets its own paragraph Everything in the paragraph supports the prong You can order your prongs by importance or for effect Essential Things to Know What an introduction looks like You begin your conversation with the reader You need to get your reader’s attention The introduction ends with the three pronged thesis statement Essential Things to Know What a conclusion looks like You end your conversation with the reader You review your three prongs You end with some sort of concluding thought on your topic Essential Things to Know How everything fits together to form a five paragraph essay The five paragraph essay outline is like a mathematical equation Your entire essay supports and develops around your thesis statement Everything in your essay needs to support, develop, introduce, or conclude your thesis statement