Answered By: James Whitmer Last Updated: Jun 09, 2020 Views: 1
A body paragraph in an academic essay typically has four major parts:
- The topic sentence, or first sentence, which conveys the main idea or claim of the paragraph and how it supports the thesis.
- Any number of main points that support the topic sentence. These can be referred to as reasons, major support, or sub-claims, and they give more specific explanations of why the topic sentence is valid.
- Any amount of evidence that supports each main point. This is where the paragraph gets most specific, by bringing up photos, videos, examples, quotes, anecdotes, descriptions, statistics, or a variety of other means to support each of its main points.
- The concluding sentence, or last sentence, which reinforces the main idea or claim of the paragraph by stating it in a different way. This will usually be done by building on the evidence and main points you provided.
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