Use precise words.
Students are known for being wordy when they write. One of the keys to a successful five-paragraph writing assignment is using precise words. In order to do this, it is important to notice when you use unnecessary words. Words like very, many, just, and really are unnecessary in an academic project. You can immediately remove them from your paper. You should also try to use vivid, action verbs as often as possible. You do not have to completely avoid using verbs like is, was, and were, but the action verbs make your paper more enjoyable to read.
Be sure to prove your point with facts.
The five-paragraph paper is usually synonymous with a persuasive writing assignment. So, you write your opinion and support it with solid facts and evidence. Without the evidence as support, your opinion is truly meaningless. As a student, you are not considered an expert on anything, so your instructor will not accept your opinion. The facts you use should be properly cited and punctuated in your essay so your reader knows they are facts. You should also be sure that your facts do not overwhelm your original thoughts and ideas, because those are what make a five-paragraph writing assignment meaningful.
Follow the organization format.
There are several ways to organize a five-paragraph writing project. While you will have a one-paragraph introduction, three paragraphs of the body, and a one-paragraph conclusion, you can play with different organizational styles. You can write in order-of-importance, pro-con or block style, as well as chronological or spatial order. Whatever style you choose, you should stick with it through all of the body paragraphs. Some writers will use the third body paragraph as the place for the counterargument after using the previous two paragraphs for the main argument. With practice, you will find the style that works for you.