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A Writer's Handbook

Body Paragraphs for Essays

Topical support for or explanation of your argument

Length of body paragraphs will vary:

  • Topic Sentence
  • 2 or 3 “chunks” of information
  • Conclusion Sentence

Each body paragraph will essentially be its own “mini-essay”

  • You should be able to take each paragraph out and have it make sense and be complete on its own

Each body paragraph will follow the “umbrella” rule

  • Any support or example falling under the topic of the paragraph will be included in that paragraph – any information not dealing with that specific topic will be put somewhere different