Body Paragraphs

BODY: Not the introduction or conclusion.  The body of a paper or document presents the content and substance of what you have to communicate.   

BODY PARAGRAPH: Not the first or last paragraph of an essay.  Generally, each body paragraph lays out one key element or point in your overall argument. Try to begin each body paragraph with a topic sentence, which concisely, clearly, and engagingly represents the content of the paragraph.

Below, you will find links to several other resources related to understanding Body Paragraphs:

How To Organize and Develop a Paragraph (UNC)

How To Use Patterns for Developing Paragraphs (Skrabanek)

How To Use Patterns for Developing Paragraphs (Writing Commons)

How To Write a Paragraph [Mauro] [Bazerman/Wiener]

How To Develop a Paragraph (POWA)

Adapted from What Is Writing?: An Introduction to Writing as an Act and Medium of Communication (2015)

See Also: Professor Rodgers' Open Access English Handbook

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