I need help writing a reflective essay in a standard five-paragraph structure.about a person you met in your past who challenged you or made you question your assumptions in some way and how that...

I need help writing a reflective essay in a standard five-paragraph structure.

about a person you met in your past who challenged you or made you question your assumptions in some way and how that person caused you to change your thoughts or behavior.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Before you get started with your writing, you will have to think about the person you will write about.  Who has challenged your ideas or behavior and made you change in an important way?  This could be a teacher, a parent or other relative, a friend, or even a stranger you spoke with on a bus one day.  Once you decide who you will write about and how that person changed you, it is time to get started because you have your main idea. 

What does it mean to reflect?  It means that you think about your thinking.  What thought processes did you go through as this person was changing your mind or behavior?  How did this person change your mind?  Why was this successful?  What were your ideas before and after?  That is reflection.

Now, in a five-paragraph essay, you need one paragraph as an introduction, one paragraph as your conclusion, and three paragraphs that are the "body." 

In the introduction, you must introduce your reader to the person and the situation, state your main idea, and give the reader a preview of three ways you will support your main idea.

Each of the next three paragraphs, the body, should discuss one idea about how this person changed you, a reflection on what happened. 

Finally, your conclusion needs to restate your main idea and offer the reader a review of the ideas you discussed. 

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